Search for ‘summer fun’

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Now the school summer holiday is here – and perhaps some better weather – why not check out some of the fabulous activities taking place around the county.

The Lancashire Children and Young People’s Trust has brought together all the information on one website so you can browse more easily. Just log on to www.lancashire.gov.uk, and type “summer fun” into the search engine.

The website brings together activities and events run by a range of partners including the county council, Lancashire’s 12 district and borough councils, voluntary organisations, schools and many others. There are also printed versions of leaflets in some libraries and other public buildings around the districts.

County Councillor Susie Charles said: “There are so many activities going on all over Lancashire this summer that families have no reason to be bored – even if the sun doesn’t shine!

“From crafts and camping to sports, singing and socialising, there is something to interest everyone and I’d encourage children and young people to take the opportunity to try something new.”

County Councillor Mark Perks, Cabinet Member for Young People, added: “The Young People’s Service always has a busy menu of activities and you can easily reach their site via the ‘summer fun’ search.

“There is stacks of information on there, including a list of what’s on each day, as well as links to all the usual YPS services giving advice, information and the chance to talk to someone if you need to.”

l For parents with longer-term childcare issues on their minds, Lancashire County Council’s Family Information Service has the answers.

Long established as Lancashire’s first point of contact for mums and dads seeking information on childcare, the FIS has a searchable database of childcare providers and lots of advice on how to find and afford the right one. At the moment, they’re also keen to let people know that all three and four-year-olds are now entitled to 15 hours’ free childcare a week. There are no forms to fill in and the FIS can provide a list of local eligible providers.

FIS can also offer a wealth of information for families with children and young people aged up to 20, or 24 if the young person has a learning difficulty.

You can contact FIS in the following ways:

• Telephone free on 0800 195 0137

• Website: www.lancashire.gov.uk/childcare

• E-mail on lancsfis@lancashire.gov.uk