Plans for a Sheffield community gala next year have begun already – after a hugely successful event this year.
The Grenoside Community Association was given a £3,700 grant by the National Lottery to help them run the annual event, as part of the Lottery’s Good Causes scheme.
Gala organisers decided the money would be best spent recruiting and training young volunteers in running the gala.
Fiona Hall, one of the event organisers, said: “The gala team wanted to engage younger members of the community to take a lead role in the event, to secure its status for years to come.
“It is an important community event.
“We hope to get young people involved, so when they get older they will take over running the gala, so their children can enjoy it too.”
Schoolchildren of all ages got involved in the day.
Yewlands Technology College students volunteered in the run up to the event, as well as on the day, performing tasks such as handing out programmes and helping to set up and run stalls.
Grenoside Primary School pupils entered the art competition and entertained the crowd with maypole dancing, while High Green Primary School pupils performed sword dancing.
Some of the lottery cash was also used to buy volunteers’ T-shirts and certificates, as well as to put on entertainment at the gala.
Fiona said: “The end result was a turnout much bigger than usual, with a higher presence of young people of secondary school age. About 1,000 people came overall.
“The volunteers really enhanced the event and we hope to involve them at an earlier stage ahead of next year’s gala.
“One or two have already asked if they can do it again next year – and I want to get students from all the schools involved again, because they were superb.”
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