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Celebrating the partnership: £10K awarded to Youth United

Celebrating the partnership: £10K awarded to Youth United

27th November 2014


The London Borough of Hackney and Youth United Foundation are celebrating the success of their partnership as a result of the Supporting Inclusion Programme.

The partnership will now continue in the longer term to help hundreds of young people in Hackney access opportunities, while building self-confidence and valuable life-skills within some of the UK’s most established uniformed youth organisations such as; Scouts, Army Cadets and The Girls’ Brigade.

An event was held at Young Hackney Forest Road, in Dalston, on Wednesday 26 November featuring a showcase of youth groups in the borough who demonstrated activities such as; survival skills, first aid and expressing artistic capabilities.

Pauline Adams, Head of Services at Young Hackney, presented the Youth United Foundation with a £10k cheque during the event. In attendance were the Hackney Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Morriss TD, The Representative Deputy Lieutenant to the London Borough of Hackney, Senior Officers from the Youth United Network and Youth United Foundation; key stakeholders in Hackney; and dozens of young people from around Hackney who have been given the opportunity to join a group through the Supporting Inclusion Programme.

Rosie Thomas, interim director of the Youth United Foundation, said:

“Youth United’s partnership with Hackney is important not only because of the difference we are making to young people in the borough, by offering them the chance to take part in these unique organisations and broaden their horizons, but because the Hackney model can be taken and adopted elsewhere, using the success of the Hackney partnership to  inspire similar local programmes to meet local needs all over the country.”

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, said:

"We're delighted to have been able to support the establishment of so many new groups across Hackney. It has helped us to forge a partnership which is already making a real difference to young people in our borough. We hope that our funding contribution will help our uniformed groups to keep up the fantastic work. " 

The difference we’ve made in Hackney:

  •        Over the past 18 months 36 new groups have opened in the borough by Youth United organisations, creating 696 new places for young people to access youth provision.
  •        The young people will be able to develop their leadership skills, develop their confidence, and participate in social action that will enable them to make a difference in their local community as well as gaining a better understanding of who they are.
  •        To ensure the groups can be opened, Hackney residents have committed to helping young people develop themselves and gain invaluable life skills by volunteering to lead the groups.
  •        Over the past two years start up grants of £100k have been awarded to new groups setting up in Hackney and the council has now invested a further £10,000 to support the creation of new groups.