Isle of Wight Council’s annual Big Day Out has been declared another huge success, with representatives from a major government scheme joining in the praise.
Over 5000 people enjoyed the event last weekend (Sunday 11 October) in great weather at the combined West Wight Sports Centre, Youth and Community Centre and the West Wight Middle School site.Now in its seventh year, the Big Day Out brings together all of the services on the Island that offer help, support and activities for children and young people with over one hundred organisations and services, both from the private and public sector, exhibiting on the day.
Such has been the success of the event, the government’s Myplace scheme may now use it as a great example for other local authorities. Myplace is a multi-million pound government programme aimed at delivering world class places for young people to go.
Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member with responsibility for children Dawn Cousins said “The Big Day Out was extremely popular and this year we were blessed with excellent weather as well.
“The event has now become a firm fixture in the Island’s events calendar and this year also provided an opportunity for young people to give their views on how the council should re-shape the youth service on the Island.
“Representatives from the government’s Myplace scheme were invited to the Big Day Out and they told us how they were blown away by the young people led organisation and scale of the event, saying they had never seen anything like it.
“It is very heart-warming that an event on the Isle of Wight is being recognised on a national scale and it could be used as a model for other areas in the UK, all for the benefit of children and young people.
“I offer my congratulations to everyone who made this year’s Big Day Out such a success and I am already looking forward to next year”.
Visitors to the Big Day Out also had the opportunity to give their views on how Isle of Wight Council should restructure it’s youth service, with the local authority currently consulting young people.
A ‘Big Brother’ style diary room was set up to allow people to record their views, which proved very popular with young people. ‘Talk Back’ panels, allowing users to select options, also attracted good attention.
All the views will be considered as part of the consultation into the restructure of youth services.