More than 100 children from the Melton borough got the opportunity to interact with police, firefighters and council officials in a relaxed environment at three special sessions.
The initiative, dubbed ‘Breaking Boundaries’, gave youngsters the opportunity to play football, rounders, Kwik cricket, try their hand at arts and crafts and nail art, as well as sample different fruits from a special smoothie bike.
Sessions, which involved 120 children in total, were held for the north of Melton, in West Avenue, the south of the town, on Hartopp Road, and on Asfordby village green.
Pc Chris Perry, from Melton police’s dedicated neighbourhood team and one of the organisers, said: “The purpose of the Breaking Boundaries events was to allow the agencies involved to show ourselves in a different light to the attending youngsters.
“Many have limited, or no, interaction with the police, council and youth offending service, but others who attended sometimes see us in a negative light. “This event gave us the opportunity to show a different side to our organisations.”
Youngsters who attended were given sandwiches, crisps, fruit and drinks, donated by local companies, Melton Foods, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
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Pc Perry added: “Feedback from those attending was extremely positive and they all enjoyed the activities we offered.
“We would like to thank all those involved in organising the event, including Melton Council, Melton police, the Impact team, sports and health alliance and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue.”