Teenager-led HOPE Project offers, free 'escape room based' challenge

18 Jul 2019 10:16
Published by: Kian French

A free event for young people that takes inspiration from escape room challenges, is open to all teenagers at Winsford Lifestyle Centre on Thursday 1 August between 1-4pm. This innovative, fun event has been created by an enthusiastic group of young Winsford teenagers taking part in the Winsford HOPE Project. To join in the fun, advance booking is required on www.tinyurl.com/canyouescapehistory or by calling the Lion Salt Works on 01606 275066.

The free and exciting challenge will involve puzzles, games and riddles and will rely on teamwork to work out the clues and finally 'escape'. This unique challenge is inspired by historical artefacts from West Cheshire Museum Service.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "This action-packed challenge promises to be a lot of fun. This is a wonderful way for teenagers to engage with other teenagers and for their interests and 'voices' to be heard.

"The aim of the Winsford HOPE Project is to engage young people and incorporate their ideas and interests into local museums. They are supported by arts and heritage youth workers who are on hand to channel ideas and teach new skills. It is a great way to make new friends, have fun and get an art qualification."

The Winsford HOPE Project is part of HOPE Street, a Heritage Fund-sponsored initiative led by Curious Minds, the Preston-based arts and education organisation, in partnership with Cheshire West Museum Services, Youth Focus North West and Museum Development North West.

HOPE Streets is part of a five-year project that seeks to revolutionise the way that museums connect with young people. The plan is that it will act as a catalyst to recruit young people to take on leadership roles, along with participating museums, in the organisation of five 'Festivals of Hope', which will take part in 2020.

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