Island companies help ‘Have Your Say’ week


Thanks to the generosity of Island businesses, youngsters and their families have taken part in a ‘Have Your Say’ activity week, organised by IW Council’s Children’s Services department.

The week was open to children and families currently being supported by Children’s Services, as well as participating in fun activities it also provided an opportunity for children, families and carers to give their feedback and ideas on the services delivered by the Council and to highlight what other support is available.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for Children Services, said: “Thanks to a number of local businesses and individuals, families were able to take part in a number of pursuits from visits to Tapnell Farm and Legoland, to skateboarding, horse riding and kayaking.

“The week would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of the providers and other businesses supporting it with free or reduced costs and it was great to see families enjoying themselves and more importantly, feeling able to give their opinion on the services available to them.”

Kathy Marriott, head of strategy and operations for children’s services, said: “This annual event once again gave us a fantastic opportunity to speak directly with those children, families and carers working with us. For some it was the first time they have had a chance to take part in activities that many take for granted.

“Their views will help to shape how we deliver our services in the future as we aim to become an outstanding service. The support from the Island community and businesses is very special and something we should be proud of.”

Contributiors included Legoland, Red Funnel, Tapnell Farm, John Cattle Skate Park, Tact Isle and a member of the public who donated paintballing vouchers.