Posted on 11th March 2013
Girls aged between 11 and 16 can brush up on their hair and beauty skills at a series of free courses that have started in Glossop.
Derbyshire police, High Peak Borough Council, the University of Derby and Glossopdale Community College have teamed up to offer the classes to local girls on Friday afternoons and evenings.
Youngsters from the school’s Hadfield site have already had a taster of the sessions, which will be held at the youth centre at the school grounds in Newshaw Lane.
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.
Derbyshire police and High Peak Borough Council, which has co-funded the project, asked beauticians at the university’s Buxton campus to get involved and they will be leading the sessions.
PCSO Martine Molden, who helped set up the classes, said: “We had a fantastic response from girls at the school and there was a lot of excitement about the classes at those taster sessions.
“We were having anti-social behaviour problems in certain areas and wanted to set up something fun and engaging for girls to get involved in instead.”
Councillor Anthony McKeown, Executive Member for Community Services at High Peak Borough Council, said: “Many of the activities put on to divert young people from causing anti-social behaviour are usually sporting in nature, whereas these activities will give the girls involved a chance to learn new skills in a fun, safe environment. We’re delighted to be able to support this project.”
The beauty sessions, which are totally free, started on Friday, March 8 and run from 4pm to 6pm.
To find out more about the sessions, call Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.