Term Time: Drop-Ins, Youth Groups & Event nights Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
(Visit What We Do )
Fire Pit evenings
Box Project Online Cooking in Autumn/Winter
Harbour Church, Portsmouth
Vibe/ Catalyst YFC
Summer activities July, August & September
Garden Party & Cream Teas 21st August
Lakes Residential 7th-11th August
Our aim is to give 'Hope and Focus' for the youth and families of South Wight. This encapsulates what we do and are as SWAY. We are passionate about getting young people together, giving them opportunities to grow, work, play and fulfil their potential.
We believe young peoples’ lives can be transformed regardless of their background or circumstances. Our desire is to meet young people where they are, accept them as they are, and to provide events and groups that will build up self-confidence, improve self-worth and empower them to discover their own potential.
Royal Visit to SWAY to see plans for a South Wight Community Hub:
a vision for the local young people and families. SWAY has plans to provide a place in the heart of the South Wight area. To find out more click here. We will require funds to meet this need . Our Just Giving target is £70,000 which is the shortfall of total costs of £300,000. The Countess of Wessex, Sophie, visited SWAY to look at these exciting plans and will revisit to open the new Hub. To see more photos of her visit visit: Isle of Wight Lieutenancy webpage by clicking here.
To support this exciting project visit:
Summer fundraising event:
SWAY Garden Party - Sunday 21st August 2022
From 12 noon - 4pm
at Bevois Farm, Laceys Lane, Niton, PO38 2DN
'Bunting will be out to show the way to Cream Teas and cakes at our farm in Niton to raise money for South Wight Area Youth (SWAY). There will be young people helping and representatives of SWAY at the event to tell you about their projects. Or just come and enjoy the view and the refreshments!'
Cllr Claire Critchison
The Winning Royal Geocaching Team:
The Colman Family receiving the first prize of a Royal Afternoon Tea for 4 at the Royal Hotel, Ventnor.
'Wow thanks!! Kids were so chuffed....it was good fun....a bit hilly at times but the kids loved it....nice to explore different areas as a family over the bank holiday.'
The Winners of the SWAY Royal Geo-caching Challenge
Thursday, 2nd to Sunday, 5th June 2022
The Queen’s Jubilee is a once in lifetime celebration and SWAY aimed to mark it with a very special Geo-caching in the glorious South Wight.
To tie in with the national Jubilee Celebrations, SWAY decided to design a Geo-caching challenge with the theme of royalty. Some of the clues had royal connections. With the Queen’s desire to establish a green canopy as part of her Jubilee year, we have also located some of the clues in rarely visited wooded areas. There were 20 symbols for you to find with royal themes emblazoned on them – crowns, sceptres and palaces.
We tried to make this challenge stretch out over the whole area, including Ventnor and taking you to places you may not have visited before. The first team to use the grid references and find the symbols from the clues won a Royal First Prize.
Some of the responses from friends and families taking part:
'We found some of the symbols tricky to find but we enjoyed unravelling the clues and walking in the beautiful countryside'.
'That was great and thank everyone who helped organise the challenge!'
Youth Groups during Term Time
See Events Page for details
Corf Camp Weekend: Camping under the stars, raft building, camp fires, BBQ, family Nature Trail, kayaking & picnic.
Great evening as we travelled over to Gunwharf Quay for a meal and visited Portsmouth's Student/University Harbour Church.
We are so thankful to have received the Tesco Community Grant vote in our local Tesco stores. We have been chosen by Tesco Customers to receive a grant award of £1,000.00! This enables us to run our 'Box Project', delivering delicious fresh ingredients to our families for an Online cooking course with us. Last night Jennie taught us to cook a smokey sausage casserole together (with alternative dietary options). And you can swipe to see Obi receiving the ingredients for the meal.
It has been so good to see everyone involved learning new skills and sharing food with one another. Thank you for voting!
'The Box Project' is free. It's for anyone in the South Wight, mainly aged (10-18 years old and their family) who wants to learn skills. All materials are provided and delivered in a box to your home before class (on zoom).
Rend Collective concert at the 02 Academy in Bournemouth.
We would like to thank HIWCF & Redfunnel for the grant to cover the minibus ferry crossing.
Lake District Residential August 2021
The residential at Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre at St. John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick.
Young people experienced new challenges, and to build up relationships and life skills. The activities included mountain walking, team building and an activity day. Next Residential Trip is on 7th to 11th August 2022. Read more by clicking here.
Save Our Planet Weekend: Over the course of Friday, 24th to Sunday 26th September, 12 young people walked and camped on the South Wight. Along their journey they learnt about conservation, ecosystems, the impact of climate change and taking care of this beautiful world in which we live.
Arreton Downs Wildlife Walk
A guided walk given by Kathy Grogan, Nature Works.
Despite the earlier rain we saw lots of invertebrates from Chalky Blue Butterflies, grasshoppers, ladybirds and hoverflies to slugs.
36 young people applied team work and strategies to win the flags.
Disc Golf for Rock Solid, ROOTs & Attitude Youth Groups: lots of laughs and searching for discs!
South Wight Area Youth Partnership (SWAY) welcomes back Susannah Seely and Didi Nicholson after sailing for 2 months in their 26ft Contessa, Seahorse, 2000 miles around Great Britain raising over £6,000 so far towards SWAY. ’
You can visit their blog www.Seahorse184.com and donate via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seahorse-184.
SWAY Feedback Questionnaire
It would be amazing if you could take 3 minutes to complete the online SWAY Questionnaire to feedback your experiences with SWAY. All feedback can be given anonymously.
We will be able to use your feedback to build on SWAY's work. Your answers will also provide invaluable evidence to support SWAY's funding applications in the coming year.
Please click on the link below.
Thank you for your time: your feedback is important to us.
Corf Camp Activity Day of kayaking, plank challenges and raft building team events. BBQ in the sunshine to finish.
Easter activities on the water at Corf Camp
Geocaching Challenge 2021
Box Project Cooking Together on Zoom:
The winner of the best photo of a Healthy Korma was awarded to Ed: Congratulations.
Box Project Cooking & Crafts fun on-line
Box Project door step delivery of materials or ingredients ready for the online family activity.
Great tasting food with SWAY's
Box Project Friday Night Zoom Cook Together.
SWAY cooked Mexican Enchiladas (Chicken and Veggie options) with 10 families cooking along online.
Fire Pit Evenings
The winning geocache team 2020:
Max, Caleb and Eleanor
at Limerstone Down.
Hike at Home Challenge
The Young People and Friends of SWAY climbed England's tallest mountain from home.
A massive THANK YOU for raising £3482 for SWAY and Isle of Wight Foodbank.
IMPORTANT UPDATE – about our online youth work and link for our new Online Contact Permission Form is available on our Events Page
Hi everyone, some of our activities take place online.
Please follow us on social media, Facebook and Instagram (Southwightyouth). Send us a message or email us on email@example.com
Parents – We want to know if you’re happy for us to contact your children through messaging, online video calls and social media. If so, please could you complete the SWAY Contact Permission Form, click on the Video image button below.