The Queen’s Award-winning Shanklin Voluntary Youth & Community Centre (SVYCC) has been awarded an £8,295 Youth Investment Fund grant to provide opportunities for the young people, in Shanklin and the Bay area, to learn film making and photography skills and access media experiences.
Welcoming the grant, High Sheriff, Kay Marriott, said: “I know previous High Sheriffs have visited SVYCC and it is home to such a range of groups, providing much needed quality activities for young people, as well as community organisations.”
Shanklin VYCC chairman, Paul Biddlecombe, added: “We’ve come a long way since relaunching in 1995, and support like this allows us to continue to offer programmes already in place, as well as the new activities this funding will provide.”
Since Covid restrictions were in place, the centre has focussed on developing drama groups and new film-making projects, such as An Island’s Olympic Journey, with olympian and ex-member, Richard Jefferies, Shanklin VYCC 25+ years of making a difference, and other projects as part of the YouTube ‘Growing Up In The Bay’ series, soon to include a Jubilee Film.
Shanklin’s deputy mayor, Sue Godden, pointed out that the centre supports groups like the Shanklin Carnival and Green Town Volunteers and said: “I know this funding will make a difference.”
The centre is planning a street party for the Jubilee, and is working with Shanklin FC on sporting activities for young people, in addition to further film and media projects.