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Scheme to help Coventry and Solihull youth groups reach out to more young people

Sarah Mason 21st Mar, 2022

YOUTH groups across Solihull and Coventry have joined forces to widen their horizons and meet new people.

Young Organisations in Uniform West Midlands (YOU WM) sees 11 youth organisations come together to make a difference and reach out to more young people in the region.

It will see the groups share resources, contacts, facilities, strategies and information so they can make the most of budgets and work together.

The eleven youth organisations involved are the Army Cadet Force, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association, Combined Cadet Force, Fire Cadets, Scouts, St John Ambulance, Volunteer Police Cadets, Girl Guiding, Girls’ Brigade, RAF Cadets and the Sea Cadets.

The Coventry and Solihull launch is one of three to roll out across the West Midlands region.

To mark the groups coming together there was a launch event in Coventry which explained to civic, community, faith and business leaders on the benefits for young people and how the new initiative will work.

YOU WM has secured funding for the first two years that will pay for the centralised database, platform and coordinator and to set the project rolling.

The West Midlands Lieutenancy will keep a guiding overview of the project, led by George Marsh.

George, the Lead for YOU WM who helped initiate the project said: “Youth organisations play a major part in supporting young people learn skills, build their confidence and become active citizens.

“The combined sharing of resources and data will have an enormous benefit and enable more activities, coordination and encourage the organisations to work together and hold events so the young people make more connections and have more opportunities.”

The project was first launched in London and has been such a success and now the launch will mean the West Midlands can benefit from the shared approach.

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