A new Facebook page providing information on new youth offer activities across the Isle of Wight has been launched.
The social media page will provide up to date information on activities for young people aged 11 to 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs. Alongside the Facebook page, the council’s website iwight.com will also carry updates and information.
The Isle of Wight Council recently awarded funding to 12 organisations who will deliver youth provision. Working in partnership with Community Action Isle of Wight, the council has set aside £1 million to fund various activities over the next three years. Funding ranging from just under £10,000 to over £200,000 has been awarded to the various organisations.
Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Executive member for children’s services, said:
“It is important young people can access information about the variety of exciting activities across the Island as easy as possible.
“With the Internet readily available these days, such as through personal phones and tablets, a Facebook page and dedicated section on iwight.com is needed.
“Regular updates will be provided to give information on the latest activities, and the intention will also be to put out any updates at the end of the school day, so the young people have all the details they need at the push of a button.”
Among the organisations recently awarded funding are The Footprint Trust, the YMCA, Brading Town Trust, Revive and SWAY (South Wight Area Youth). Others include The Foyer (Ryde), West Wight Sports Centre, Island Scouts, Ventnor Town Council, Pan Together and Quay Arts (Newport) in partnership with Vectis Radio.
Organisation ‘Breakout Youth’ has also been awarded funding and will deliver provision for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people on the Island, having already provided this within several locations across Hampshire.
The new activities from all the providers will start to become available over the next month.