In this month’s column from the Department of Education and Children’s Youth Service, youth officer Grainne Burns explains how the traditional Holiday Venture Schemes have received a makeover
Following feedback from young people and parents after the 2011 Department of Education and Children Holiday Venture Schemes, there will be a wider range of holiday activities on offer this summer.
These activity schemes are designed to keep youngsters occupied during the summer holidays and to help their parents, who must continue working.
This year, having listened to young people and their parents, we are offering activities over four weeks instead of the usual three for young people in school years 4 to 9 (aged eight to 14).
There has been a slight increase in fees to cover the extra staffing this will require but we hope the schemes are still accessible to a wide range of young people.
A general activity scheme will take place at Cronk-y-Berry School in the weeks starting July 23, July 30, August 6 and August 13 for children in school years 4-7 (eight to 12 years old).
There will be a range of activities, from crabbing to crafts and from badminton to den building. Some of these activities are weather dependent.
Following the success of the Breakfast Club and After Club sessions last year, we will once again offer them from 8.30am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm.
Alongside this general scheme will be a senior scheme for those in school years 7-9 (ages 11 to 14).
While starting at Cronk-y-Berry at 9am, this will involve activities out and about around the island making use of youth centres in inclement weather.
Young people will then be returned to Cronk-y-Berry by 4pm.
These schemes will cost £90 per week or £20 per day, with an additional £6 per day for the breakfast and after club sessions.
There is also a Performance Week for school years 4 to 9 (eight to 14) at the Youth Arts Centre, in Kensington Road, Douglas, between July 23 and 27.
This year’s play will be a musical production of Going for Gold, in keeping with a London 2012 Olympics theme.
This is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza culminating in a performance for parents on the last afternoon.
This week will cost £120.
And, finally, for all those looking for a little bit more of a challenge, we are offering two weeks of Adventure Education based at Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre. Young People in years 7 to 9 (11 to 14) can participate in activities ranging from archery to kayaking and climbing to coasteering.
Week-long sessions start on August 6 and August 13. They cost £125 per week or £25 per day.
For further information contact the youth office on 686057, visit www.iomyouth.com or ask at schools after TT week.