Organisations given cash to run youth services

By Matthew Mckew

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

ELEVEN organisations have been awarded funds to run youth services, following an Isle of Wight Council decision to no longer have direct control over its provision.

During May and June, the council sought applications from organisations to provide opportunities for young people aged 11 to 19.

Volunteers were also sought to provide opportunities for those up to the age of 25 who have additional needs.

Twenty applications were received by the council and grants, ranging from £10,000 to £200,000, have been given to 11 bidders.

Cllr Richard Priest, executive member for children's services, said: "We will soon have a very modern, fit-for-purpose youth offer, giving young people a choice of activities such as creative arts, sport, media and social skills.

"I look forward to the new activities taking shape and I am sure they will prove very popular."

When the decision to outsource youth services was taken in April, it was said the move would shave £200,000 off of the current £943,000 budget.

List of organisations and grants: Pan Together — £9,705; YMCA — £35,000; Footprint Trust — £120,000; Ventnor Town Council — £86,833; Revive Newport — £140,000; Brading Youth Club — £100,000; Foyer — £202,500; West Wight Sports Centre — £85,000; Quay Arts and Vectis Radio —£80,000; South Wight Area Partnership — £80,000; Island Scouts — £35,000.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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