SJA Youth celebrated at palace
Over 1300 young people including 150
St John Ambulance Cadets have been invited to Buckingham
Palace to celebrate youth organisations and officially launch a
London youth partnership called YOU London.
At a special Youth Garden
Party on 16 July, Their Royal Highnesses, The
Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will meet
young people and adult volunteers who make up the nine
organizations in the YOU London partnership. They are: St John
Ambulance, The Scout Association, Air Training Corps, Girlguiding
LaSER, Boy’s Brigade, Prince’s Trust, Air Cadets, Sea Cadet
Corps, Volunteer Police Cadets and Army Cadet Force.
Our nation’s youth united together in exciting and rewarding activities should, I believe, be our ultimate goal.
HRH The Prince of Wales
This unique network of youth organisations,
aims to recruit more adult volunteers, to enable
more young people to join and to share some resources.
The 1300 young people will take part in a mass
walk from Wellington Barracks to signify the coming
together of these organisations. Once inside the
Buckingham Palace Gardens, they will demonstrate some of their
activities. There will be six bands performing, a gym display and
two climbing frames. SJA Cadets will be
demonstrating first aid and sign language
including signing the project’s name: YOU.
Lack of youth leaders
The Prince called for youth organisations to
work together nationally in partnership to maximise adventure and
community opportunities for young people and to raise recruitment
levels of adult volunteers.
The Prince said: ‘My hope is that,
before too long, we can replicate YOU London on a national
scale so that every young person in the United Kingdom has
the opportunity, if they wish to, of joining a youth
organisation. Our nation’s youth united
together in exciting and rewarding activities should, I
believe, be our ultimate goal.’
Wendy Human, Head of Youth at St John
Ambulance, says: ‘YOU gives us a platform to share the
views of hundreds of thousands of young people from
uniformed youth organisations. It also gives us an opportunity, as
charities, to share resources, which is extremely
helpful in this current climate.’