'Overwhelming' response to youth service shake-up

By Thomas Seal

Monday, July 7, 2014

 

PLANS to shake up Island youth services have attracted an 'overwhelming' response from organisations wanting to get involved, according to the Isle of Wight Council.

The Isle of Wight Council has received twenty applications bidding to provide new youth activities and services on the Island.

In partnership with Community Action Isle of Wight, the council has set aside £1 million set for new youth services and activities over the next three years.

However, the total value of the bids the council has received is over £2.2 million, more than double the funding available.

To decide which applications will be implemented, a panel including a council member and representatives from the health, education and voluntary sectors will meet later this month.

The winning bidders will provide youth activities and services for those aged 11 to 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs.

Proposals received by the council varied from sports to traditional youth clubs and social enterprise projects.

Councillor Richard Priest, executive member for children's services, said "it is very pleasing there has been such an overwhelming response to providing activities under the new youth offer.

"Young people can soon look forward to a new look, modern and diverse youth offer."

The council opened the bidding after a review of the existing youth service earlier this year, involving consultation with town and parish councils, youth service workers and representatives from the voluntary and community sectors.

Multiple youth groups were also consulted about the current provision for young people, including the Isle of Wight Youth Council, young people at The Foyer, Youth Pride, and the youth clubs of Newport, Brading, Sandown, West Wight and Cowes.

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