Youngsters made music, played giant games and learnt life-saving first aid skills at an event organised by youth groups across Bradford on Saturday.
Children flocked to the National Media Museum to find out more about joining or volunteering at a wide range of groups from across the city, including Girl Guiding, Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades, St John Ambulance and the Sea Cadets.
Members of the groups, including young St John Ambulance Badgers and Cadets dressed in their uniforms along with mascot Bertie Badger, greeted visitors by handing out flyers about the event in the museum’s lobby.
Around 10,000 leaflets had been distributed across the district’s schools to attract families to the extravaganza, organised by umbrella group Youth United.
Up on the museum’s seventh floor gallery, a range of activities were on offer at stands run by each of the organisations.
The Girls’ Brigade was one of the groups handing out leaflets about its sessions as it hosted games of giant Jenga and giant Connect 4.
Helen Lunn, Girls’ Brigade development worker for Bradford, said: “This is about getting different youth groups across Bradford working together to get more young people to join and volunteer.
“We need to work with each other rather than against each other to show young people what is on offer across Bradford.”
The Boys’ Brigade had its own stand and also hosted a series of music workshops, where small groups gathered in a glass room to play instruments and beat drums. Meanwhile, volunteers from St John Ambulance were teaching youngsters how to carry out CPR using resuscitation dummies as it promoted its Badger and Cadets groups.
Youth development worker Linda Clark said: “At our weekly meetings, youngsters learn skills that could save a life one day while making friends and having fun.”
Girl Guiding volunteers planned workshops in art and dance which culminated in a spectacular flash mob in the main foyer of the museum.
Over the last 12 months, the organisation has started 11 new Girl Guiding groups in the Bradford area – including Manningham, Marshfields, Bingley, Wrose, Thornton and Little Horton.
Shagufta Sharif, Youth United development worker, said: “Five organisations, Girl Guiding, Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, Sea Cadets and St John Ambulance held workshops to promote and showcase the fantastic work they do in Bradford.
“All of the organisations have been involved in opening new groups in some of the mo