Trust gets trending to help Island youth

The local registered charity, The Footprint Trust is one of a handful of local organisations that have stepped up to provide positive activities for young people on the Isle of Wight.

The Trust has been awardeda grant by the Isle of Wight Council, over a three-year period to run their Trend Project, which will be based in Newport and through outreach in Cowes.

The Trust was set up in 2002 to reduce the ‘ecological footprint’ of the Isle of Wight, and achieves this by running practical projects, that help people and the local environment.

The Trust, which is a registered educational charity, has been working with young people since it launched its first project in 2003. To date some 34,000 young people have been involved in Trust projects, ranging for workshops to nature conservation projects. Teenage parents have also been assisted through the Trust’s energy efficiency work. Their Riverfest event allows young people to showcase their talents.

The Trend project will provide a drop-in centre in central Newport, offering young people an opportunity to meet in a safe environment, learn skills in design through the medium of up-cycling waste products, into useful items. Young people will learn more about enterprise linked to helping the planet and how this relates to their own lives. An annual fashion and art show will highlight the work carried out at the Trend centre. The public and businesses will be able to support the project by donating materials, volunteering and buying items from the Trend shop.

Businesses have already come forward offering help and support, and The Trust would like to hear from any company or individual who may be able to help by, for example, donating shop fittings or staff time. You can contact the Trust by emailing or by phone (01983) 822282.

Speaking for the charity Ray Harrington-Vail said,

“We are delighted that we have been awarded this grant from the Youth Offer. It gives us a real opportunity to build on our established work with young people and open up links into employability by designing and delivering this youth-led green enterprise project. It builds on the real commitment to recycling across the Island, and this project will enable young people to add their voice to this by serving on our advisory board and in the running the Trend centre. The Island belongs to next generation and this project will give them an understanding of the issues that must be addressed.”