Programme is launched for summer

Families can encourage their children to learn how to cook like Jamie Oliver as part of a series of low-cost summer activities at Ashington’s Hirst Welfare.

The organisation’s summer programme stretches throughout the school holidays and includes family fun bike rides, pre-school summer fun camps, dance fun and games as well as football development and coaching.

Gail Ballance, director of the Hirst Welfare, said: “We are passionate about getting children and adults fit and healthy and we know the holidays can sometimes be a difficult time to fill with interesting activities.

“Our summer programme has something for everyone and I promise it will make exercise so much fun children will want to do it all the time.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and Arch Group chairman, said: “Hirst Welfare has an inspirational approach to fitness and caters for all ages and abilities.

“They definitely contribute to the well-being of people who go along to their activities which in turn, helps us have a healthy workforce for the county.”

Hirst Welfare is also running a pilot project in its gym called Inclusive Fitness aimed at getting people with disabilities involved in exercise.

Visit or call (01670) 857810 for more details.