An ex­cit­ing year ahead for bri­gade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

AS we start a new year, it of­fers a timely op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the past twelve months, whilst look­ing ahead to what is shap­ing up to be a pos­i­tive year for The Boys’ Bri­gade in Eng­land.

In 2014, we started 35 new com­pa­nies, cre­at­ing 1,000 places for young peo­ple in Eng­land and tak­ing our UK mem­ber­ship to over 65,000, which is great news for the lives of young peo­ple – boys and girls – in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of key life skills.

Much of this work was achieved as a re­sult of fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment’s So­cial In­clu­sion Pro­gramme, ad­min­is­tered by the Youth United Foun­da­tion. Go­ing for­ward, new fund­ing has been se­cured from rev­enue streams in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ment’s Uni­formed So­cial Ac­tion Fund, which will en­able us to ex­pand the or­gan­i­sa­tion across the coun­try and in par­tic­u­lar in those com­mu­ni­ties where there is a need to invest in the lives of young peo­ple and chil­dren.

We’re also proud of the achieve­ments of our mem­bers. In 2014, 120 young peo­ple achieved their Queen’s Badge, which is the high­est recog­ni­tion in the or­gan­i­sa­tion and 333 mem­bers gained the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Pres­i­dent’s Badge.

Col­lec­tively, this high­lights the con­tin­ued rel­e­vance of The Boys’ Bri­gade to to­day’s young peo­ple.

How­ever, we could not have achieved such im­pres­sive out­comes this year with­out the help of thou­sands of vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly be­hind the scenes, and to whom we are, as ever, ex­tremely grate­ful.

Look­ing ahead, 2015 of­fers a num­ber of ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’re work­ing with the govern­men­tled Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice to de­liver ad­di­tional train­ing for the ini­tia­tive, which aims to put young peo­ple at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

We also hope to wel­come more young peo­ple into the or­gan­i­sa­tion with the cre­ation of new groups, with a fo­cus on after-school pro­vi­sion in ru­ral ar­eas.

ERIC HUD­SON Di­rec­tor for Eng­land, The Boys’ Bri­gade

Felden Lodge Hemel Hemp­stead

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