THE campaign to encourage responsible and safe behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period took its message out onto the streets this week, with a stall in Tamworth market.
The Spooks & Sparklers campaign was launched earlier this month by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnerships, which is made up of Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Tamworth Borough Council Community Wardens, Housing, T3 and Staffordshire County Council.
Its aim is to reassure residents, reduce anti-social behaviour, and educate young people and their parents in a fun and interactive way about how they can have a safe Halloween and Bonfire Night.
The focus of the campaign is the highly-visible Spooks & Sparklers car, sponsored by Chambers Hyundai and liveried by Positive Design. The car has become a familiar sight at schools throughout Tamworth and can also be spotted making evening patrols around the borough.
At Tuesday’s market stall, partners were on hand to talk about safe trick or treating and firework safety, as well as handing out goodies including ‘No Trick or Treat’ posters, Spooks & Sparkers wristbands, reflector torches and high-vis armbands.
The Spooks & Sparklers car was also there and proved to be a big draw for adults and children alike.
Children visiting the stall had the chance to get their faces painted, as well as being given information of fun activities which are running during the campaign. The activities, which are aimed at 13 to 21-year olds (or 25 if a person has a disability) are:
- West African drumming workshops with Joliba West African Drumming School. Learn some real West African music with real West African drums and instruments. Sessions take place at the District Activity Centre in Deltic, Glascote on Tuesday November 17th and Thursday November 26th. The sessions run for two hours from 6.30pm and places can be booked by calling 07840941393.
- Graffiti art with Birmingham-based graffitiartist.com. Create a piece of graffiti art to keep on a baseball cap, bag or canvas. Sessions are held at the District Activity Centre in Deltic on Monday November 2nd, Wednesday November 11th, Monday November 16th and Wednesday November 25th. All sessions start at 6.30pm and run for two hours. Places can be booked at email@example.com
- Boxing sessions at the Corner Post Education Centre in Orchard Street, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to November 12th. Sessions for 13 to 16-year-olds start at 6.30pm for an hour. Sessions for 17 to 21-year-olds start at 7.30pm. Places can be booked on 01827 314111.
The Spooks & Sparklers campaign builds on the success of last year’s Pumpkin Patrols, which were credited with helping to reduce ASB and increase safety awareness. It also aims to create awareness of the Community Safety Partnership, with partners working together to protect their local communities from crime and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Community Development, said: “Incidents of anti-social behaviour and the fear of anti-social behaviour always increase over the Halloween period, closely followed by bonfire and firework celebrations.
“This new, highly visible Spooks & Sparklers initiative aims to reduce the number of incidents of ASB during this period, offering reassurance to the public, educating younger children as to what is right and wrong and helping to keep all sections of the community safe during this time, as well as building community spirit.”