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ORGANISATIONS SOUGHT TO PROVIDE YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN SANDOWN

youthofferfacebookOrganisations are being invited to bid to funding of £15,500 to provide youth activities in Sandown as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s new youth offer.

The funding, which is to cover a two and half year period until 31st March 2017, must be used to provide activities for 11 to 19 year olds (up to 25 years for those with additional needs) in the Sandown area only.

Applications must be received by 17:00 on Friday 7th November, with the chosen provider announced soon after.

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Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Executive member for children’s services, said:

“A number of exciting and modern activities are becoming available across the Island as part of the new youth offer. These include social enterprises, youth cafe’s, creative workshops and the development of life skills.

“Unfortunately, no acceptable plan was submitted for Sandown which means we are now accepting bids for an organisation to come in and put on a viable offer in the town.

“Each bid received will be carefully examined and we will choose what we feel is the best one in providing positive activities for young people in Sandown.”

For information on the prospectus, interested parties should contact Trudy Shephard, community youth offer development officer, Community Action Isle of Wight, The Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR. You can phone 01983 539375 or email [email protected].

The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Community Action IW, recently awarded funding ranging from £10,000 to £200,000 to organisations who will deliver youth provision across the Island.

These are The Footprint Trust, the YMCA, Brading Town Trust, Revive and SWAY (South Wight Area Youth), The Foyer (Ryde), West Wight Sports Centre, Island Scouts, Ventnor Town Council, Pan Together, Breakout Youth and Quay Arts (Newport).

Some activities are available now, with others due to begin in the near future. Information on activities is also available on a dedicated Facebook page for the youth offer, which can be found at www.facebook.com/iwyouthoffer

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