GB visit to House of Commons

by | Oct 22, 2015 | Newham Girls Brigade | 0 comments

Showcasing SIP

A showcase event took place at the Houses of Parliament last night to celebrate the achievements of the organisations, including GB, involved in the Youth United and Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Supporting Inclusion Programme (SIP).
The event was attended by GB’s Mission Co-ordinator Hannah Field and four members of Custom House Baptist GB group – volunteer leader Abosede Agbesanwa, young person/volunteer leader Ayo Agbesanwa, young person Aisha Okunnowo and young person Morola Oyefesobi.
Hannah says ‘It was great to come together to celebrate all that’s been achieved on this project. It’s amazing to think that, collectively, members of Youth United have provided life-changing opportunities for thousands of new children and young people over the past couple of years.
‘We’re grateful to all of the volunteers, churches and supporters who’ve helped GB to play their part. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on this through the new Cabinet Office funded UYSAF project – and to see hope being brought into even more lives.’
Around 100 people attended yesterday’s event – as well as young people and volunteers from the organisations there were key people from the worlds of politics, business and education, including The Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Dame Mary Richardson – Former Chief Executive of the HSBC Education Trust, Charlotte Hill –  CEO of Step up to Serve, and The Right Honourable David Blunkett MP.
Eric Pickles said ‘Supporting Inclusion Programme £10m was the best money I ever spent.’
Youth United’s star supporters were also there – Jermain Jackman,  a British singer, from Hackney, who won the third series of The Voice UK in 2014 and is pictured top with the GB members, and Nihal Arthanayake, one of the most high-profile British Asian broadcasters in the UK – has been a DJ on both Radio One and now Radio Four.
The SIP funding helped GB, in just under the past two years to:

  • Engage with over 10,000 children and young people through community outreach events, schools work and social action activities
  • Over 220 new volunteers have committed to positions of leadership and are making a difference in their communities
  • A total of 59 new groups have been developed, focused on bringing opportunity and transformation.
* A GB group has been working with local businesses to source food to provide members with what is likely to be their only decent meal of the day.
* A teenager who is feeling isolated, being bullied and struggling with school, finding a safe place in GB to simply be, discover her worth and make friends.