An exciting year ahead for brigade
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