A RYDE youth service has launched an online youth club that will host science experiments, fitness classes and art projects all over social media.

Network Ryde has launched has launched a virtual youth club after it was forced to close youth cafe, 147.

The activities will be live-streamed over social media such as Facebook and Instagram and will even include a 'Young Person Take Over Day' where the viewers can have their say.

Mayor of Ryde, Cllr Michael Lilley, has also funded wellbeing care packs for young people that will consist of notepads, mindfulness activities, pencils, cake mix and resources on mental health and available aid.

Michael said: “I am delighted to support the innovative and imaginative initiative by the fantastic Network Ryde Team.

"Self-isolating for young people must be very tough and lonely. This virtual youth club is an inspirational way for them to keep in touch with friends and provide activity at home.

"Covid-19 has changed our lives but community spirit and creativity like this provides hope."

Bex Swan, youth work manager, said: “We recognise that during this difficult time, young people and their families have the potential to experience a lot of stress and anxiety.

"We hope we can continue to engage via the virtual youth club with as many of our young people as we can who attend 147, and also to a wider audience, who do not attend at the moment but who may follow our social media accounts.

"If any young people have ideas for our Young Person Takeover sessions we would love to hear them and to get in contact through our social media accounts.

"If a young person has any concerns or worries at this time, we would urge them to get in touch with us so we can offer support and signpost to relevant agencies if required through these tough times.”