New cash crisis at youth club

By David Newble

Saturday, September 29, 2012


New cash crisis at youth club

The Pavilion in East Cowes is under threat of closure.

AN AWARD-winning Isle of Wight youth facility is under threat of closure for the second time in a year — because of an on-going cash crisis.

Treasurer of the East Cowes Pavilion, Jim Whitehead, told members of East Cowes Town Council on Wednesday the youth facility would close at the end of October, if the charity was unsuccessful in its bid for £30,000 from a London-based fund.

The Isle of Wight Council’s statutory obligations for youth provision in East Cowes were being met at the Yorkie Bar. However, the authority was working hard to ensure the growing need for youth services in the town were met and enhanced.

Four youth workers employed by the Pavilion charity would be made redundant if the closure went ahead.

The grim news was delivered to members of the town council at the meeting staged to thrash out ways in which the Pavilion could obtain additional funding and remain open.

Mr Whitehead said bids to get cash from both Children in Need and Comic Relief had been unsuccessful.

Instead, the Pavilion was pinning its hopes on a £30,000 cash injection from the Henry Smith Foundation, which it felt confident of getting, but it would know for sure in the next couple of weeks.

Mr Whitehead said: "If we receive a letter saying no, redundancy notices go out and we would shut at the end of October. We have not got the funds to continue."

The facility, which won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010, first came under threat early this year. But it was given a stay of execution thanks to cash from East Cowes Town Council, the police, the Isle of Wight Council, Spectrum Housing Group and Barratt Homes.

Cllr Morris Barton said he believed it was the responsibility of the Isle of Wight Council to provide youth facilities and proposals for them at the former Grange Road school would not happen overnight.

Councillors agreed to donate town council funds to the Pavilion at their next meeting and to look at further ways to obtain more cash.



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by Mike Crowe

29th September 2012, at 10:42:34

Maybe they are looking for 'simple answers'. There isn't one as you say and there never will be, it needs a massive turn around and if the youngsters aren't prepared to do something about it, why should anyone else? THEY need to see that whatever effort they put in, will be for their benefit and let's face it, it could be to their advantage to have some form of 'organisational skills' which they could put on their CV's.
Four paid leaders? What do they do? Are they the ones draining the money away? What's wrong with volunteers?

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by peter williams

29th September 2012, at 10:23:30

mike, i see your point and sadly there does not seem to be any simple answers and depressingly the youngsters do not seem to want to help themselves

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by Mike Crowe

29th September 2012, at 09:17:46

The end got cut off again

If the youth club were to be more OPEN in their activities and INVOLVE the older population, especially in their fund raising, things wouldn't be so bad. They were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2010. What has gone wrong since then. I am involved with Shanklin Theatre and we have won the award for 2012, but we haven't sat back on it, more work is being done and more volunteers coming forward all the time

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by Mike Crowe

29th September 2012, at 09:15:20

Peter, building Beach Huts would have brought in more income. It seems that this Youth Club is just soaking up money like a sponge. If they get the £30,000, how long before they want another injection?

It is either a service and needs constant funding from somewhere, or needs to be self supporting and they need to rethink how they are going to do that.
"Youth" on the whole, does not present itself with a good "Immediate" image. Hanging around on street corners etc etc etc. Unfortunately THEY are the ones the public see all the time. The youth in the organised groups, Sea Cadets, Girl Guides, Medina Marching Band, Scouts, Army Cadets and so many many more are out of sight and out of mind to many of the public. If the youth club were to be more OPEN in their ac

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by peter williams

29th September 2012, at 08:52:46

perhaps if the council used the money they have saved to help fund this sort of facility instead of wanting to build beach huts the taxpayers money would be better spent but then the council do not care about the young only themselves

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