Patrons’ Event 9th March 2017
Guests networking at the Patrons’ Event
Over 60 guests attended our Patrons’ Event held in the River Room, at the House of Lords, on Thursday, 9th March 2017. The event was very kindly sponsored by our President, the Rt Hon, the Baroness Smith of Basildon. We heard from a variety of speakers about why they had become involved with Youthbuild UK and supported our aims of “Promoting engagement with young people to combat social exclusion, through the development of construction based support services, and celebrate young people’s success”.
Baroness Smith told how she first heard of Youthbuild UK when serving on the cross parliamentary report “No more last generations – creating constructions jobs for young people” with our past President Nick Raynsford, then attended a Young Builder of the Year Awards and heard the stories about our finalists, which led to her becoming our President.
Six years ago Stephen Ratcliffe, then the Director of UKCG, was approached to be the Chair of the Judging Panel for the Young Builder of the Year Awards – he found that reading the applications was a “humbling experience”. He became a Trustee in 2015 and then our Chair in 2016.
After attending the 2010 Young Builder of the Year Awards and hearing the winner, Omar Cila’s story, Kevin O’Connor of Durkan, was inspired by what we do, he is now a Trustee. He told how Durkan support young people, including the 2016 winner Chidi Nnebe .
Many thanks to everyone who attended