Youth are United at Parliament

At a Parliamentary reception on 10th December, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP met young people who have benefitted from a government funding programme and saw first-hand how it had helped change their lives. Young people from YOU London organisations attended the event. In 2012 the government announced a £10 million cash boost to help train thousands of new volunteers for members of Youth United – national youth groups. YOU London members have benefitted greatly from this support. Chief Executive of Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Association Hugh Purcell also attended the event and met young people from different groups (Pictured meeting Girls Brigade members).

Speaking at the event, Eric Pickles said: “Our great youth groups like the Scouts, Guides and Cadets have a tremendous history of providing unique experiences and activities that young people cherish, but that’s only half the story.  They foster life-skills that will last them the rest of their lives and help nurture bright, confident young men and women with a keen sense of adventure.”

The reception was hosted by Joan Walley MP, who has been a strong supporter of the programme in her Stoke on Trent North constituency. She said: “Never has it been more important to engage with young people to equip them with the skills they will need to lead happy and fulfilling lives.  I am delighted to be hosting today’s event and I pay testament to Youth United and all their volunteers who are doing so much to improve the lives of young people.  I would also like to thank the Speaker of the House of Commons for allowing us to use his State Rooms for today’s wonderful event”.