Girls’ Brigade England & Wales (GB) has been given a government grant after being successfully chosen to be part of the Cabinet Office's Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF) project. The project will see GB working in specific areas of the country with development workers setting up groups and reaching more children and young people.
The UYSAF project aims to increase by 15,000 the number of places available for young people to join uniformed youth groups across the UK. In total, 14 organisations have been chosen including GB, The Boys’ Brigade, Girlguiding, St John Ambulance, and The Scouts Association.
Rosie Thomas, Director of Youth United Foundation, which is administering the project, says ‘We’re delighted to announce this allocation of funding to a number of fantastic uniformed groups which carry out grassroots social action all over the country and have a track record of unlocking potential in young people. These grants will enable them to attract more young members, particularly in deprived areas, who in turn will benefit from the experiences, skills and confidence they gain as part of a uniformed group.’
So far GB has appointed people to work in Durham and the North East, Sheffield and the North West, Leicester and the Midlands, London and the South East, South Wales and soon in Bristol and the South West.
Sam Cree is the Girls' Brigade Development Worker the North-East and Premier’s Ian Britton talked to Sam about this new initiative.