A Showcase for Local Youth
“Inspiring”, “a real celebration”, “thoroughly enjoyable”! These were just some of the views from the 170 guests who attended the 2013 ‘Celebration of Youth and Volunteering’ at the University of Surrey, Guildford on Saturday. Hosted by Surrey Youth Focus, this annual charity event showcased over 30 voluntary youth organisations including Disability Challengers, The Girls & Boys Brigade, High Sheriff Youth Awards, Walton Firs Foundation, Surrey Young Farmers, Family Line, Catch 22, N Factor and St John’s Ambulance.
Guests including Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP - the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dr Helen Bowcock DL - the High Sheriff of Surrey, Sally Marks - the Vice-Chairman of Surrey County Council and Mayors from Surrey’s Boroughs and Districts enjoyed a bustling exhibition and talked to the young people involved in youth projects, learning about the real impact these organisations have made to their lives. Everyone was refreshed with frappuccino’s from the brilliant All Saints Coffee in their Pop Up Café and entertained by buskers from Epsom and Ewell PHAB and Olly Adams, a talented young magician.
The fast paced show which followed was hosted by aspiring young presenter Nico Argenti from Farnham and featured acts from Studio ADHD, Peer Productions, Epsom & Ewell PHAB, YMCA’s Friday Night Project, Surrey Young Carers, singer Katy Hurt and Surrey Army Cadets Corps of Drums all providing the afternoon’s entertainment. The show concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks to all the volunteers from Sir Richard Stilgoe who said “we owe so much to the volunteers who freely give their time” he went on to say “but in giving we always receive so much more in return!”
Surrey Youth Focus’ Chief Executive Mike Abbott commented, ”It was a fantastic afternoon, a real celebration of the voluntary youth sector. We are grateful to the young people, our member organisations and our guest for making this year’s event so worthwhile!”
All Saints Coffee Manager Thomas Inglis-Starck (17 yrs) said “I was really nervous before we came, it was a new atmosphere but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have a real buzz about what we have achieved”
You can see a Vlog of the pop up cafe experiece here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRc-eJOBdtk&feature=youtu.be
Presenter Nico Argenti also commented “I loved every second off it and i got a great vibe from it. I was pretty sure presenting was what i wanted to do and after today i can confirm it is for sure”.
Surrey Youth Focus is grateful to the University of Surrey for hosting the event and for the financial support from Cllr Pauline Searle and Unity Insurance Services.