Great ‘Vibez’ in Erewash!

Lyric writing, street dancing, a climbing wall, arts, free food and much more will all be available for teenagers in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres this summer.
The ‘Vibez’ summer programme of activities is aimed at giving young people something fun, active and healthy to do during the school break and is open to anyone aged 11-18, but particularly for 14-15-year-olds.
The events are being run in three locations: Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Sandiacre.
- The first Long Eaton Vibez event will be on Long Eaton Market Place on Monday 30 July from 6pm-8pm and will then run every Monday for a month with the last event on Monday 20 August.
- Ilkeston Market Place will have Ilkeston Vibez activities on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, beginning on 1 August with the last session being on Wednesday 22 August.
- Sandiacre will host Sandiacre Vibez activities on Friday evenings, from 6-8pm starting on 3 August, with the last event being held on the 24 August.  
The events will also provide the opportunity for those taking part to have some free food with tasty snacks on offer.  There will also be a ‘Smoothie Bike’, which participants can ride to create their own smoothie. A smoothie bike is a stationary bike fitted with a special blender that spins as you pedal. Simply fill the blender with fruit and pedal away for a minute or two, and you have yourself a healthy pedal powered fruit smoothie. 
Erewash Community Safety Partnership has worked with a range of partners including Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council; Derby County Community Trust; Local Artists; Avago Arts and Treehuggery to organise the project which has a key aim of offering diversionary activities to help crackdown on anti-social and nuisance behaviour during the summer break.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We are delighted to be leading these first Vibez events and congratulate all the partners for their hard work in putting this project together.
“There will be so much fun on offer and we’re confident young people will absolutely love all the activities. They are all aimed specifically at teenagers, so whether you’re in Long Eaton, Sandiacre or Ilkeston, please come along – it’s all free and it’s all for you. If you’re a parent of a teenager, encourage them to come along to the positive and celebratory town centre ‘hubs’.”
Activities will vary from week-to-week but will also include have-a-go archery, sports with Derby County Community Trust, arts and crafts and free food courtesy of Cold Cooking Opportunities to promote healthy eating.
For more information and to find out what’s on offer at each ‘hub’ visit Facebook/SaferErewash.