The youth organisation, which is funded by Ryde Town Council, successfully received a grant from the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, enabling them to send out 50 packs to local youngsters.
The initiative aims to support the local economy and as a result, the contents of the care packs were sourced from Ryde High Street, providing a much-needed boost to local businesses. Each pack was tailored to the individual young person and included a variety of vouchers from Ryde businesses, including Graces Bakery, Tav’s Cycles, Fired Art, Barrow Boys, The Fantastic Store and Ryde Book Shop.
Also included were sweets from The Kandy Box and a specially commissioned ‘Network Ryde’ badge for everyone, made by Nervous Wreck Designs. French Franks in Ryde also kindly donated paper bags for the contents to go in.
The packs had a ‘back to school’ theme and were created to give a little boost to the young people, most of them having been off school since March. Useful stationery items such as notepads, pens, pencils, post-it notes, and geometry sets were also included in the packs; in addition, sanitary items were given to each girl in receipt of a care pack.
Becky Swan, Youth Work Manager, says:
“We know that returning to school after nearly 6 months off will be a daunting prospect for some young people and we hope that by receiving the care packs the young people know that we are there to support them should they need us”.
Network Ryde offers young people aged 11-19 a safe space to hang out at a youth café called ‘147’ in Ryde High Street (opposite Iceland). The service re-opened its doors in a COVID secure manner on Monday 14th September.