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A community hub offering a range of services and facilities in the rural south wight is what South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) believe would be a huge boost to the rural communities of the area.

Since the closing of Chale Green Stores and Café, the extended community of South Wight has lost one of the few great places for meeting up, as well as a local shop and Post Office. Meetings are planned with Parish Councils, community groups, and prospective funders so local people can help develop what a hub would offer and where to locate it.

For the last 5 years, SWAY has been providing clubs and activities for the young people in the South Wight and assisting families through many situations as well as putting them in touch with a variety of organisations to support them. People have been helped to improve their opportunities and increase their confidence to seek solutions to the challenges they face and build their resilience.

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By creating a Community Hub in the South Wight Area, SWAY believes it would offer a space for agencies and organisations to hold surgeries and meet with people easily and confidentially, and reduce the feeling of isolation and remoteness for young people and families. This community facility would also offer opportunities for people to meet socially, create a centre for training, work experience and other community activities.

In the coming weeks, SWAY is planning a number of public meetings in the South Wight villages and are keen for anyone who wants to be part of this, or who want to find out more, to contact them. Public meetings will be held in Niton Village Hall on Wednesday 18th March, in Chale WI Hut on Thursday 19th March, in Whitwell Village Hall on Friday 20th, Brighstone Village Hall on Tuesday 24th March and at Brook Village Hall on 25th March – all starting at 19:00.

Feedback on the proposed Community Hub is welcomed. Send your views to [email protected] or call 01983 731873.

SWAY began as a joint project between the Churches in Niton and Brighstone in 2014 in response to the Council withdrawing youth services.  South Wight covers the villages of Niton, Chale, Whitwell, Shorwell, Brighstone, Mottistone and Brook, as well as a number of smaller hamlets.


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Rachel Thomson

This is a totally great idea. Power to your elbow!

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