The Chairs meeting was an excellent opportunity for those present to discuss some of the issues currently facing the sector, particularly the austerity measures and post-riot Governmental policy. The meeting also discussed how increased partnership bidding might help navigate the changing climate at this the Chair & Chief Executive’s first official AGM.
The AGM featured some lively and informative updates from young people about the work they have been doing through UK Youth particularly those from UK Youth Voice chair Rachel Aston, as well as updates on UK Youth’s work with Starbucks on the Youth Action programme from, youth leader, Fatima Serghini and about Healthy Young Adult Transitions. UK Youth were delighted to welcome representatives from a wide number of their members, partners and the government departments that we work.
UK Youth were also delighted to be joined by a large delegation from Icelandic Youth Organisation SAMFES, a partner member in the European Confederation of Youth Clubs, ECYC, who met with UK Youth Voice for an informal meeting to share ideas for innovative work with young people and attended the AGM. Finally, the young people and youth workers were delighted that LOCOG the Olympic Organisers were able to join the meeting to advise the network about how their young people could get involved with Olympic Volunteering.
Finally, of course our young people were delighted to meet Nigel Mansell OBE, UK Youth’s President not least because he entertained them with card tricks!