20 January 2012
On 19th January South London Army Cadets and their Adult Leaders were among uniformed youth groups who met The Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the Merton Sea Cadets Centre in Mitcham, London. He saw and tasted the range of healthy foods available and helped cook the ‘compo’ rations of meatballs and pasta, and chicken curry.
Under the expert guidance of seventeen year old Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Brogan Twite he inspected the parade of uniformed cadets and even gave several drill commands. During a tour of the building he saw a range of activities undertaken by a variety uniformed youth organisations.
The Mayor was unveiling the new programme which would boost the job prospects of thousands of young Londoners and steer them away from involvement in crime. In the plans outlined by the Mayor, thousands of youngsters will have the opportunity to join uniformed groups like the Guides, Boys Brigade and Cadets. The £1.3 million programme, being run by the Safer London Foundation, will help young people develop vital skills and instil discipline and responsibility in young people, particularly those who are or at risk of being excluded from education, training or employment.
The initiative is part of Team London, the Mayor’s strategy to harness volunteers to deliver key projects to improve the quality of life and opportunities of Londoners. Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Uniformed groups are a fantastic way for youngsters to get involved in a myriad of activities, which will help equip them with the skills they need to succeed in life. It’s a modern tragedy that so many of our young people are struggling to get a foothold in the jobs market and are drifting into crime. By instilling self reliance, discipline and a sense of competition, young people can aspire to a better future.’
The Safer London Foundation will work in partnership with the You London uniformed groups- Volunteer Police Cadets, St John Ambulance, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Sea Cadets, Guides, Scouts, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade.