From the beginning of NWI BLT we have placed developments for young people as a top priority. From our early days we have listened to what young people have to say and we have funded various activities especially the Skatepark in Whitehouse park.
We want a better way for young people to be involved so we have set up a Youth Forum, called Diversity 2 Unity (D2U) who meet regularly, to bring forward ideas and even decide some ways of spending NWI BLT money.
Our plans for this year include
- To maintain the Youth Forum and get more young people involved
- To support the work of Whitton Youth Partnership in starting youth clubs
- To hold an Art Competition between local schools
- To run a “Battle of the Bands” competition between High Schools
- To run an event for the very young around Easter in collaboration with Highfield Nursery
D2U Open Mic Nights
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With funding from NWI BLT, Westbourne Academy were able to install radio recording equipment for Radio Westbourne which has helped to significantly increase student confidence.
Whitton Youth Partnership
We work in partnership with Whitton Youth Partnership: a charity which serves young people in North West Ipswich.
Whitton Youth Partnership is a charity which draws together numerous community projects in North West Ipswich; including Holiday Club, Stepping Up, Saturday Morning Movie Club and others to come.
They are an umbrella charity whose aim is to serve young people in North West Ipswich by running and supporting projects across the area.
In Sept 2016 we awarded £15,000 to part fund a new post for 18 months. WYP match funded the remaining amount.
Suffolk Young People’s Health Project
Suffolk Young Peoples Health Project are a local charity which provides and co-ordinates services that improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people in Suffolk, aged 12-25.
They have a drop-in centre in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich and a presence in many of the schools in our area.
Through advice, guidance, and practical support they help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthier, happier, safer, more resilient lifestyles, make more informed choices, and enable them to reach their potential.
They help young people with the issues affecting them, including individuals who do not fit the criteria for conventional support. They also offer many creative, engaging recreational activities.