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Young people from the Meadows with their sheep
Young people from the Meadows with their sheep
Young people bring sheep to Worsley Hall
14 July 2011
A sheep or two would not usually look out of place in your average meadow.

But this farmyard creature can now also be found in the heart of the Worsley Hall thanks to a group of enterprising young people.

Last year The Meadows youth facility opened at the heart of the community in Ridyard Street, Wigan.

Young people using the centre decided the building should act like a real meadow, providing an oasis in the middle of the area’s housing.

And to complete the image a life-sized wicker sheep is now roaming the centre's grounds!

Wigan Council youth worker Sian Halliwell explained: “We had funding to do an arts project and the young people decided they wanted to make a sheep, as sheep are normally found in meadows!

“This project was about giving ownership of the building to the young people, to make it their own and take care of it.”

The project received £1000 of Youth Arts Challenge funding from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.
Elaine Bennet, a freelance artist working on behalf of Wigan’s Drumcroon Gallery, worked with the young people to shape the sheep out of strips of wicker.

Elaine said: “All the young people involved have contributed to making the sheep and they have really made it their own.

“We have put a wicker shelf on the inside of the sheep’s belly where plants pots of flowers or vegetables can be placed. That way the Meadows garden can grow around the sheep and it can really become part of the place.

“The group have been great to work with and have been respectful to me and each other.”

The sheep also represents five positive outcomes aimed for during the youth work with the young people.

The work encourages the young people to achieve the following:

S - Stay safe
H - Health
E - Economic well-being
E - Enjoy and achieve
P - Positive contributions to society

The Meadows youth facility is managed by Wigan Council’s Youth Services, and facilities include a kitchen, pool table, Wii fit and other games consoles and MC and DJ equipment.

The centre can be hired from just £10 per hour to £70 for an entire day and evening, including staffing and refreshments.

Contact Simon Gregory on 01942 486111 or email cypstm@wiganmbc.gov.uk to request an electronic booking form.