Supporting Inclusion Programme Celebration Event 05/01/2015
On 10th December 3 Fire Cadets visited The House of Commons to attend the Youth United Showcase Event in celebration of the Supporting Inclusion Programme.
The Supporting Inclusion Programme (SIP) ran from April 2012 through to September 2014 and was funded by £10 million from Department of Communities and Local Government. The purpose of the funding was to give young people from designated areas of England the opportunity to join one of the Youth United organisations.
The 3 Fire Cadets were nominated by their Fire and Rescue Service to act as ambassadors of National Fire Cadets. Thomas Jeffery from London Fire Brigade attends the Haringey unit, which opened in 2013. Jack Stanyer from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attends the Newcastle unit and after completing his programme this year, has successfully progressed to become a Junior Instructor. Ben Greaves has attended his unit in Stockport in Greater Manchester for over two and half years, the unit being one of the first to open under SIP.
Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors acting as chaperones were surprised when they arrived at The House of Commons, to also be invited to join the young people at the Showcase Event to speak about their experiences. Together, the team of National Fire Cadets ambassadors networked with high profile MPs, VIPs and celebrity Youth United supporters, between presentations from key speakers. These included Joan Walley, MP for Stole-on-Trent who hosted the event; The Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP, who was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in May 2010; Rod Jarman QPM, Chair of the Youth United Network; and Lindsay Levkoff Lynn, the new Chief Executive of Youth United.
Jarmain Jackman, a British singer from Hackney, who won the 3rd series of The Voice in 2014 and Nihal Arthanayake, one of the most high-profile British Asian broadcasters in the UK, both received star awards at the event for their support in the work of Youth United Foundation.
Earlier this year the Chair of the FSYTA, John Cartwright, was awarded an MBE from The Queen for his charitable work with young people. On this occasion, John was honoured to be accompanied by the Cadets and Volunteers, who were wearing the National uniform with such pride and speaking about their experiences of Fire Cadets with such passion and enthusiasm.
The FSYTA would like to wish Ben, Jack and Thomas all the best of luck in their progression at their Fire Cadets units and in their future careers in the fire and rescue service. Hopefully we will see you again soon, perhaps at one of the Junior Instructors residential courses or Fire Cadets camps.