NULC student represents fire service at House of Commons
23rd February 2015
Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) student, Jack Stanyer today gave his backing to a government scheme to increase youth volunteering within deprived local communities.
Jack, aged 16, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been helping to promote the Youth United programme which was set up by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP. He has even visited the House of Commons to speak on the positives of the programme and how it’s benefited himself and others.
Jack, represented the Staffordshire Fire Service at the House of Commons event in December and spoke to guests that included MP Eric Pickles and Stoke-on-Trent MP Joan Walley.
Jack said: “The event was a celebration of Youth United, which in the short time it has been running, has surpassed all expectations. I’m really pleased to be a part of it. My experience with this group has really helped me to decide what I want to do in the future. It was great to be chosen by the Newcastle fire department as one of three Junior Instructors from the entire country to visit, represent and speak at the House of Commons about the experiences I’ve gained in the fire cadets. My hope is to encourage other young people who aspire to be in public services to get involved in the programme.”
Ben Sproston, Head of Public Services added: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Jack to have been selected for this opportunity to represent the Staffordshire Fire Service and we in the Public Service course are very proud to have him be a role model for our department.”
Having started with a very limited presence, youth volunteering organisations have exceeded expectations with 627 new organisations established throughout the United Kingdom, outperforming the original target set of 400 two years ago. An additional 12,000 places will now be made available for young people across the country providing the opportunity for them to learn skills such as team building, leadership, communication and self-confidence.