Launch of Bedfordshire Youth United

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis attended the launch of Bedfordshire Youth United (BYU) on Sunday 5th October with members of the local community.

The event celebrated the coming together of Uniformed Youth Organisations in the Bedfordshire area as ‘BYU’. Bedfordshire Youth United is an exciting new initiative involving 10 voluntary youth organisations in the county with an aim of a joint vision to improve opportunities available to all young people belonging to local groups.

Launch of Bedfordshire Youth UnitedHeld on Sunday 5 October at Priory House in Chicksands, the launch of Bedfordshire Youth United (BYU) started with a talk before a tour of the stands where there was a chance to chat to volunteers, both leaders and youngsters to find out more about what they do.

BYU chairman Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith – commandant of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force – said they were also hoping to incease the number of adult volunteers and the number of youngsters engaged in their communities, as well as attract funding and make better use of resources.

The Lord Lieutenant, who said she was delighted to be patron of the new group, added: “Young people joining these groups learn important life and social skills and share the fun of being together with new friends.”

Bedfordshire Youth United Chair, Chris Sharwood-Smith, said before the launch: “At this event we hope to showcase the opportunities that each of our organisations has for the youth of Bedfordshire.”

The Youth Groups involved in the launch included the Scouts, the Girl Guides, St John Ambulance Cadets, the Boys Brigade, the Girls Brigade, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, the RAF Air Cadets, the Bedfordshire Volunteer Police Cadets and the Bedfordshire Fire Cadets.

Launch of Bedfordshire Youth UnitedIt also showcased the opportunities that different organisations have for young people in Bedfordshire.

 

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