This last weekend I was privileged enough to be allowed to volunteer as a coach / tutor, observer and photographer at The Young Foundation’s UpRising Leadership Programme UpRiser Retreat delivered by folk of the Roffey Park Institute. For two days I was surrounded by 50+ 19-25 year olds from three London east end boroughs. It was a rare treat to be surrounded by such wellsprings of passion and enthusiasm from these young people for working on issues of deep significance to their communities. From gun violence to sexual health to homelessness to inspiring and awakening political awareness and accessing information about business and education opportunities. Wow!
Though the hours were long, I came away feeling I had received more than I put in. I left energised with a real sense of empowerment and hope for the future. These people will spend the next 12 months working together on campaigns that seek to make a real impact in the communities where they live. If the energy and sense of purpose that was on display this weekend is anything to go by, I have no doubt that they will achieve great and significant things. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.