The Government’s Civil Society Strategy, launched today, provides an extremely welcome acknowledgement of the special role of young people, and particularly uniformed youth groups, in building thriving communities. At Youth United we are privileged to support our Network members to build their resilience and sustainability, and to extend their reach so that ever more young people, especially in disadvantaged areas, can benefit from being a part of a uniformed youth group.
As our most recently published research demonstrates, participation in Uniformed Youth activities has multiple benefits for the young people and adult volunteers who participate, as well as the communities they serve through their extensive involvement in social action. It is therefore very heartening to see in this strategy the support of the Ministers for work that has proven its value to a wide range of children and young people across the UK.
“The Citizens in Policing programme supports volunteers from across all ages and backgrounds to get involved in keeping their communities safe – from the Mini Police at primary school, through the Volunteer Police Cadet programme for young people, to adult roles in the Special Constabulary or as Police Support Volunteers.”
Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Services
Since our inception, Youth United has worked closely in partnership with Government, and we look forward to this continuing as it delivers this strategy, alongside complementary work such as the Integrated Communities Strategy, led by MHCLG. We welcome this opportunity to once more celebrate and champion the uniformed youth sector’s invaluable contribution to civil society in the UK”
– Samantha Hyde, Director