Raise your hand now!


Help to show the United Nations that educating girls around the world is a priority.  Just follow this link to www.raiseyourhandnow.com and join the facebook page that’s aiming to register 1 million supporters before October 11th’s first ever International Day of the Girl.  Go on, girls, support your sisters!  And I’m sure that the support … Continue reading Raise your hand now!

Never too old (or young) to start


I had a great meeting this week with Terry King OBE, who is the North of England manager for PRIME, (Prince Charles’ initiative to help older people to get into enterprise and start their own business).  We are keen to bring together some of the young entrepreneurs who are currently doing such great work on … Continue reading Never too old (or young) to start

A Local Act for Local People?


On Friday 21st September, I attended the event organised jointly by Voluntary Action Leeds and Children England to raise awareness of the powers that are now open to local groups and charities under the Localism Act.  Hosted at the St George’s Centre, the event was over-subscribed as local VCS representatives and key staff from Leeds City … Continue reading A Local Act for Local People?

Made it!


Some of you will know that last Saturday (15th October) I set out to run 50 miles (82km) to raise money for the Youth Association to buy outdoor and camping equipment, so that we can give many more young people the chance to take to the hills and have fun in tents.  I was taking … Continue reading Made it!

Schooltools launched


This week The Youth Association has launched Schooltools, our great range of services for schools.  Building on years of experience of providing mobile support and workshops in schools, we have now brought all of our most popular services together under one brand name and offered them to all of the secondary schools in our region. … Continue reading Schooltools launched