The East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group (ESYPAG) celebrated the launch of their youth holiday activities programme last week (Friday 3 June).
The project builds on the work of the ESYPAG who has been working since 2015 to support and develop youth participation in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.
Activity providers across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney are being asked to involve and provide not just sport, but also activities promoting the arts, science as well as activities to improve skills, as well as activities aimed at young disabled people.
The new project is being led by young people, with support from the District and County Councils. Final decisions on successful applications will be made by a panel of young people who will also benefit from the project management skills they learn from the project.
Ray Wang, ESYPAG and ESP Board Member, said:
“We sent out a questionnaire to schools and youth groups and organisations across east Suffolk last year and found that young people are consistently concerned about the lack of youth activities in our area.
We wanted to provide more activities for young people during the school holidays as there just isn’t enough catered to them - particularly non sports related activities.
I think young people are often given negative press if they’re seen hanging around not doing much in their free time. Living in rural Suffolk is a big problem as public transport is limited and young people are often isolated from youth clubs and activities provided in the larger towns.
We hope the project will reach out to young people throughout east Suffolk and provide them with activities that will not only help them develop key skills, but also help improve their overall mental health and well-being.”
Applications can be completed from Monday 6 June by youth organisations across East Suffolk. For details of funding deadlines, application guidance and to complete an application form, visit: www.eastsuffolkpartnership.org.uk/home/priorities/youth-holiday-activities-programme.
You can also request an application form by writing to:
Active Communities Officer,
Waveney District Council,
4 Canning Road,
For further information about the project, call: 01502 523354.