More than 1,000 young people from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and other surrounding counties came together this week at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre for Action4Youth’s annual celebration event.
The event took place on September 11th, and included speakers such as Reverend Richard Coles, Sir Henry Aubry-Fletcher and Countess Howe. The evening focused on the theme of ‘Coping with Change’, discussing a variety of topics including national and global political situations, and the changing climate.
Throughout the evening, examples were cited of how locally based charity Action4Youth is helping to prepare young people to face the challenges of the future were revealed, and many successes, through Action4Youth’s NCS, DofE and Young Leaders programmes were awarded.
Reverend Richard Coles delivered a light-hearted speech which inspired “the possible” in the young people, drawing on his own remarkably varied journey, and a special dedication was given to Action4Youth’s founding chair, Ken Birkby, who will retire later this month.
“Tens of thousands of young people have better lives because of Ken Birkby” explained Sir Henry Aubry-Fletcher, which is why “from now on, the outstanding achievement award will be known as The Ken Birkby Outstanding Achievement Award.”
Jenifer Cameron CEO of Action4Youth says: “We enjoyed another fantastic celebration event, with many special moments and memories shared by and with the inspirational young people who have taken part in Action4Youth’s programmes and activities during the past year.
“I would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors, NHBC, iElive, Buckinghamshire College Group, City Store Self Storage, Alexander & Co and Your Print Solutions, without them we wouldn’t be able to celebrate the successes of the young people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.”
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