As part of the new youth offer across the Island, the Central Eltham Youth Project (CEYP) has been awarded over £15,000 to provide a range of activities in the town until at least April 2017.
The CEYP has 16 years of working with young people from a range of backgrounds and already support over 300 children locally from home educated families at their base in Shanklin. These include organising educational visits to local attractions such as Sandown Zoo, Quarr Abbey and Osborne House and running a rolling programme of workshops including French, science and art classes.
Initially in Sandown, activities will include an open access youth club called ‘Outside In’ which will run two evenings a week. All young people aged 11 to 19 (11 to 25 for those with special educational needs) are welcome and membership will be free. Activities will include ICT skills, music, sport, performance drama, movie nights and jewellery making.
Young people will be encouraged to get involved by planning and developing services available to them.
The CEYP is currently securing a suitable premises ahead of the January launch of the offer.
Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Executive member for children’s services, said:
“It is very pleasing we have been able to secure an upcoming youth offer in Sandown so quickly.
“The CEYP is a long established organisation on the Island with vast experience of providing activities for young people and I am sure they will prove very popular in the town.”
Information about when the Sandown sessions will begin will appear on the council’s dedicated youth offer Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/iwyouthoffer and also on its main website at www.iwight.com/youthoffer.