Posted on 4th February 2013
Glossopdale schoolchildren sample free beauty classes for local girls
Girls aged between 11 and 16 were treated to a taster of nail, hair and beauty courses that are due to start in Glossop.
Youngsters at Glossopdale Community College’s Hadfield site were shown how to paint their nails and give therapeutic massages by an expert from the University of Derby.
They were also invited to dedicated classes set up just for girls in Glossop, which will be held at the youth centre at the school site in Newsham Lane.
It is a joint project between Derbyshire Youth Service, Derbyshire police and High Peak Borough Council, who have co-funded the classes.
The idea for the classes came about after a dispersal order was granted in the town, meaning police can move on any groups of children deemed to be causing a nuisance.
Diversionary activities such as sports sessions were set up at the time and now hair and beauty classes have launched for local girls.
PCSO Martine Molden, who helped organise the activities, said: “The dispersal order was granted because we were having anti-social behaviour problems in Glossop.
“We knew it was important for us to offer alternative activities and one of the things we set up was street sports, which local boys have really taken to.
“But we also wanted something tailored specifically towards the girls and there seems to be a great interest in it.
“The taster sessions we held were fantastic and there’s a real enthusiasm so hopefully it will take off as well as the sports sessions have and give local kids some positive, constructive and free activities to get involved with.”
As well as setting up diversionary activities for local youngsters, police are also increasing patrols as part of their efforts to cut anti-social behaviour in Glossop.
The beauty sessions are due to start on March 1, running from 4pm to 6pm, and will be led by Lorraine Baker from the University of Derby in Buxton.
Lorraine, who lectures in beauty therapy and sports massage, said: “The idea behind the sessions is to give the girls something else to do and to keep young children off the streets, but it’s also a great way to show them what beauty courses they can get involved in if they are interested when they get to college age.
“I’ve been teaching the girls how to paint their nails, give sports massages and what they can learn on beauty therapy courses, and they’ve been great.”
To find out more about the sessions, call Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.