The sixth round of funding, which is available for activities being delivered during the May/June half term and school summer holidays 2018 is now open.
The deadline for applications is Friday 16 March at 5pm.
The East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group have developed a youth holiday activities programme to improve the variety of opportunities available to young people in east Suffolk.
Youth representatives from ESYPAG, Staff from Access Community Trust, Just42, Cllr Colin Law (Chair of the ESP) Luke Bennett and Stuart Halsey
The aim of the programme is to improve the variety of opportunities for young people aged between school years 7 - 13 (ages 11-18 years), with £50,000 in funding provided by the ESP until 2018.
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 in 2015 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.”
Projects to benefit so far...
The Access Community Trust - ‘Sax Digs' works with young people in Saxmundham and in summer 2016 they used funding to create a memorial garden on Memorial Field.
The Access Community Trust hosted a series of Pizza making events within the Lowestoft community, from the premises of Sam's Coffee House, that centred around preventing rumbling tummies, increasing food and cookery based knowledge as well as acting as a catalyst for youth led engagement and the making of new friends.
Leiston Youth Club benefitted from funding to provide 8-19 year olds a safe and friendly environment where young people can meet friends, have fun and enhance their life skills.
Suffolk Positive Futures and Waveney District Council delivered its joint Summer Beach Sports Project in 2016 offering young people aged 9-16 free activities during the School holidays, on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for 10 dates. The project uses a range of sports - Football, Handball, Boxing, Tag Rugby, Dodgeball, Cricket and Volleyball as well as Olympic themed activities.
Topcats has been running Summer Holiday Programs at Morton Road since 2011. Topcats provide a high level of different activities and used the funding to provide a bouncy castle in summer 2016.
The B&B Theatre Company staged Les Miserables (school edition) at the Players theatre in Lowestoft, drawing a cast of 48 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds across Waveney and further afield. This provided them with a high quality opportunity to develop their interests and skills in the performing arts. The production ran for 8 performances over Easter 2017, and encouraged local young people to come and see the production both to support their peers and friends but also as an opportunity to access the arts something which is high on the agenda for the town.