MANX Co-op, part of the Co-operative Group, is encouraging groups of young people on the island to make positive changes in their communities with a new awards scheme.
Manx Co-operative Partnerships has been set up to help small groups of individuals or organisations kick-start projects which develop young people by offering grants of up to £ 1,000.
The scheme is open to any group or organisation whose focus is on developing young people. Projects could be education-based or simply designed to get young people active in their community. Initiatives which encourage co-operation by involving other groups are particularly welcome.
"There are thousands of young people who, given the opportunity, could make a real difference to the communities in which they live and Manx Co-operative Partnerships aims to provide these opportunities. We are sure the funding will help many groups of young people on the Isle of Man," said Mike Hewison, Accounting Manager of Manx Co-op.
First to benefit from the initiative is Castletown's Youth and Community Centre which will soon open its doors following a year of renovation and refurbishment. Manx Co-operative Partnerships has funded the exterior decoration of the new-look youth centre which is used by 200 young people in the area.
Youth and community worker David Hattersley said: "This is a fantastic scheme by Manx Co-op and without this donation the much-needed facelift of the building ? which is 150 years old ? would not have happened. We're really looking forward to reopening the centre."
Further information on 0845 600 3446 or visit: www.manx-co-op.co.im and click on the partnerships icon.