At Shanklin Voluntary Youth and Community Center, we believe in showcasing the amazing activities and achievements of our various clubs through newspaper articles. These articles highlight the dedication, talent, and efforts of our members as they participate in a wide range of community-centered activities.

Award-winning Shanklin Voluntary Youth & Community Centre (SVYCC) re-opened after the Summer break with over 150 members enjoying the evening.

They were joined by special guest, and member from the 1970s, BBC Radio & TV Presenter Alex Dyke.

SVYCC, or TC’s as it’s known by members since the 1990s, has spent the summer updating it’s games room, disco, coffee bar and main hall; as well as, increasing mid-week table tennis activities.


Voluntary leader Mark Biddlecombe said:

“Thanks again to our dedicated team of volunteers we have been able to increase the range of activities we can provide, and the numbers attending on our first night back shows how much local young people value what’s on offer’.

Further details are on the website, which is also being updated, and TC’s returns on 20th October and then 17th November.

Inspired home-made costumes at SVYCC

Around 120 Shanklin Voluntary Youth & Community Centre (SVYCC) members enjoyed a spirited seasonal Hallowe’en disco
and activity evening, with spooktacular music, including Monster Mash, and a fancy dress competition.

SVYCC leader, Mark Biddlecombe, said: “It was another busy night, and our increasing number of members were inspired in their choice of home-made costumes. “We were grateful for the donation of pumpkins and apples for bobbing.”

Plans are in hand for the November 17 and
Christmas party evenings.

Shanklin Voluntary Youth & Community Centre (SVYCC) is celebrating after being presented with the prestigious Green Flag Award for maintaining locations around Shanklin.

The award was presented to the group by the Islands Lord Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon, and High Sheriff, Dawn Haig-Thomas.

Although solely run by volunteers, the charity has won National Awards such as the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and the best youth club in Hampshire in recent years.


“The news that Shanklin VYCC has achieved the accreditation – the international quality mark for parks and green spaces – is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that care for the green space so that everyone can enjoy it.”

High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Dawn Haig-Thomas added:

“Shanklin VYCC looks after vital green spaces for the community in Shanklin, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE concluded:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Shanklin VYCC in achieving a Green Flag Award.”


The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.


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