NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS
BIG DAY OUT AT PARLIAMENT
On Tuesday 13th October, the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs (NABGC) held an information event at the Houses of Parliament.
Kindly hosted by Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston, around 40 people from across the NABGC membership gathered to meet with MP’s and government representatives, to tell them about the
work that takes place across the UK in local communities.
Andy Hamill, Secretary of the charity presented an outline of the work that NABGC and it’s 22 members do in supporting the 100,000 young people and 15,000 volunteers, from providing
activities and volunteer training to residential work and international exchange trips. He said, “Through our membership we support around 2,000 youth clubs and projects, all in the most deprived communities. Through our network we are able to engage young people in positive activities at a local level and help them to move beyond their normal boundaries, that allows them to grow, develop personally and build their confidence, as well as meet new people and breakdown barriers between communities.” He continued, “It’s the sort of thing that we have been doing for
over 100-years, building bridges between people and communities and helping young people to grow at the same time.”
Matt Donnelly from Young Bristol, also spoke about his experience as a young club member and how he now works for his local county organisation. He said, “I started as a boxer at my local Boys Club,
but then got involved in all sorts of other activities. I then started volunteering at the club and have now managed to become a worker delivering activities and training and a range of programmes
Mark Brine closed the event by thanking the MP’s for coming along and said that it had been a worthwhile event that had brought the network together and helped to promote the work of the
organisation and it’s membership. He thanked Kate Green MP for hosting the event and encouraged local members and MP’s to build links and develop relationships.
It is hoped that another day will be organised in 2018.