'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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by sue allen

8th July 2014, at 06:47:50

You couldn't make it up! What happened to all the money saved when the youth clubs were shut? And 2 million is a ridiculous figure. No doubt a friend of a friend who's set to make a lot of money until they are shut down again. Why can't every town and village in need get an ongoing amount of money allocated each month, then if they don't deliver no huge amount of money is lost. Also see if people volunteer their services on a rota basis. Not unlike charity shop workers.

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by Alex Pick

7th July 2014, at 21:11:43

The youth on the island need projects and work, as well as social events. What are the councils and other organisations doing with all the moneys?

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by carl palmer

7th July 2014, at 18:26:10

tell ya what, if you give me a million quid ill open a youth club for a couple of years :-)

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