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14 August 2023

New film project captures young people’s voices

Young people waving and cheering outside the new home for the youth service, Network Ryde on the Isle of Wight

Social Investment Business is working with Heyday UK Films on an exciting film project to capture the impact of funded youth services as their Youth Investment Fund grant starts to transform services for young people in the most underserved and deprived areas of England.

Youth voice and communicating the difference having a youth centre created around their needs can make to their lives, is central to the filming project. The films communicate why youth provision is vital and its potential to transform young people’s lives, giving them new opportunities to make friend, have fun, thrive and develop new skills for life and work.

Over the next few months will be sharing a powerful series of films showing the impact of the Youth Investment Fund and how young people are being empowered to co-design their local youth centres.

Our first short film features Network Ryde, Ryde Town Council’s youth service on the Isle of Wight. It’s a vibrant youth service offering young people amazing opportunities to meet friends, have fun and learn new skills. But they were crying out for more space, as they operate from a tiny building with little space and facilities, and do not even have a proper kitchen and are limited to kettles and toaster.

Benefiting from a Youth Investment Fund grant will be game-changing and means Network Ryde will be able to effectively treble the number of young people they reach to over 160 a week. The Youth Investment Fund grant will enable Network Ryde to transform their newly purchased building at St Thomas Church, a substantial and visually impressive, stone-built Grade II Listed church dating from 1827.  The renovation is well under way now, including restoring and cleaning the church’s beautiful stained-glass windows. The windows will be a beautiful feature of Network Ryde’s new home.

This film, created by Heyday UK for Social Investment Business, shows why Network Ryde is so vital to young people and gives a sneak preview of how their new building is taking shape.  


Young people from Network Ryde share why the Youth Investment Fund is so vital & the difference their local youth service makes.

“Being able to come to this space, where you feel invited in. Not just come if you want, it felt like an actual invitation. It’s my safe space, my safe haven. Spaces like this are so important”.

The Youth Investment Fund is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and is delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with NYA, Key Fund and Resonance.

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