West Wight Sports & Community Centre has been named winners in the ITV Meridian People’s Project and has been awarded £42,180 for their Creating Opportunities in Our Kitchen project.

“The money will enable us to provide training and work experience opportunities in our café,” says Clare Griffin, Centre Manager. “The project will focus on helping people with learning disabilities, mental and physical health issues, young people and those who need support in returning to work. Thank you to the amazing Isle of Wight community who got behind us. It has been an incredible 2 week campaign with so many people showing support for us. It’s has been a truly inspiring experience and another milestone in our unique history.”

Gill Kennett, Chair of Trustees West Wight Sports & Community Centre added:
“As Chairman of the West Wight Sports and Community Centre can I thank all of those people on the Island and beyond who voted for us, told their friends to vote for us, were willing to be photographed in what were, let’s be honest, rather vivid pink T-shirts and promoted our cause far and wide. As always the people of the Isle of Wight rose to the challenge and despite the Island probably being one of the smaller population areas in the Meridian TV area the Island people turned out and voted for us. This funding will enable us to take forward a project that will benefit many people and we are very grateful for the tremendous support given to us from across the Island.”

If you are interested in getting involved either in a training or volunteer capacity, you can get in touch with catering supervisor Louise Preece at louise.preece@westwight.org.uk

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