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Boots has the Midas touch

Saints’ mascot visits early learning project

9th April 2010

St Helens Rugby League FC’s mascot Boots met ‘little people’ in his home town ahead of an away trip to see the Huddersfield Giants.

Boots visited the Midas Touch project in Barrow Street where local children have been trying out an internationally-acclaimed ‘creative recycling’ play scheme. Early learners helped Boots to find out how ordinary and unusual recycled objects can be much more than just junk.

The Midas Touch pilot programme is part of Find Your Talent, a £25 million government initiative which aims to get young people into cultural activity.

Using recycled, ordinary objects to kick off creative play, the Midas Touch is engaging with very young children, their families and carers. Artists and early years practitioners run the sessions together, led by the children’s explorations.

The Midas Touch is a unique collaboration between Find Your Talent, Aspire Trust, Thatto Heath Children’s Centre, St Helens Children’s Service, St Helens Council’s Arts Service, St Helens Environmental Protection Directorate and National Museums Liverpool.

Local businesses donating materials to the project include CEW Recycling (St Helens), Royden Granulation Ltd (St Helens), HQC (Haydock), Rawells (Wirral), FLASMA (Southport) and Keith Park Solicitors (St Helens).