14th November 2013
We are delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become Patron of Youth United Foundation.
In a foreword for Youth United’s first Impact Report, The Prince of Wales wrote:
“Working together as Youth United, the Air Cadets, Army Cadet Force, The Boys’ Brigade, The Fire Cadets, the Girls’ Brigade, Girlguiding, The Scout Association, St John Ambulance, the Sea Cadets and the Volunteer Police Cadets are giving life-changing opportunities to young people in many new places.”
He also paid tribute to the volunteers who run the groups:
“There is something truly remarkable in this country about the wonderful spirit of volunteering, as I frequently see in the many organizations with which I am involved, not least Youth United, of which I am only too proud to be patron. The Youth United organizations simply could not function without their volunteers. The work they do is invaluable, not only to their members but to our whole society.”
You can read his full foreword in the Impact Report here.
In the first year of our ambitious Supporting Inclusion Programme (SIP), the Youth United Network has opened 258 new groups for young people and recruited 947 volunteers in ten key areas around the country.
The Supporting Inclusion Programme, funded by Department for Communities and Local Government, aims to establish 400 new groups by September 2014, recruiting up to 2,700 volunteers to provide places for over 10,000 young people.
The funding has enabled paid staff to go into the new areas to recruit, train and support new volunteers. Once they are established, with local community support, the groups will become self-sustaining.
The programme (SIP) is focussed on communities in which the youth organisations are less established and have lower levels of volunteering. The ten areas targeted under the SIP are: Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, London, Manchester, Bradford, Burnley, Rochdale, Knowsley, Middlesbrough and Redcar. In London the programme is focused in: Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Tottenham.