2004 Annual Report

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2004 in Review

Foreword to the Annual Report by Vic Craggs OBE, Director of CYEC

In an increasingly interconnected yet troubled world it has never been more important for young people to be globally aware and active citizens. At CYEC we believe it is vital that young people participate in ‘their’ global community and have chances to meet and work with their peers in different international crosscultural settings. These are key and formative experiences.

2004 has been a productive year. The main achievements of our Development and Outreach Programme are summarised over the following pages. CYEC is grateful for the support of the Department for Education and Skills (National Voluntary Youth Organisations’ Scheme) in England and the Scottish Executive Education Department in Scotland in delivering aspects of the Programme. Services have been well subscribed and this has been supported by the development of a new exchange Starter Pack, sponsored by British Airways. Thanks are also due to the Dulverton Trust which has provided funding to underpin innovative youth-led work by young people.

Despite a continuing difficult international climate, we were able to support a small overall rise in numbers on the exchange programme. CYEC promotes high quality exchanges based on young people planning and undertaking projects with a community action or youth affairs focus. Our model emphasises young people reviewing their learning and skills development. This model is relevant to diverse young people’s needs and ensures the development of employability skills and an active citizenship outlook. We congratulate all the groups which achieved their exchanges in 2004.

CYEC has continued to work with umbrella bodies responsible for youth work and education in the voluntary and maintained sectors in each of the UK's four nations. We value our close relationship with colleagues at Connect Youth/The British Council, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

We have also collaborated extensively with a spectrum of Commonwealth, international and development agencies and have worked closely with the Commonwealth Youth Programme. We promoted the voice of Commonwealth young people by publishing and disseminating the outcomes of the Commonwealth Youth Forum held in Abuja, Nigeria 2003 at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

2004 was CYEC’s second year as a charitable company. The Annual General Meeting approved amendments to CYEC’s Articles of Association which mean that individuals and organisations may become members of CYEC. During the year the Board reviewed its 3 year strategic plan, adopted a self-assessment scheme which focuses on evidence and outcomes, and approved a child safety and protection policy for CYEC. Funding the important services delivered to the field remains an important priority for the Board. This is particularly the case with regard to the Scotland Development Programme where replacing lottery and trust funding is now an urgent concern.

At all levels CYEC is about partnership and people. We have a skilled and committed staff team and a dedicated Chair, Officers and Board of Trustees. We are grateful for the support and leadership provided by our President and Vice Presidents – and to the many people here in the UK and overseas who help us deliver our work via their voluntary participation. CYEC is a small organisation but we continue to achieve ‘more than the sum of our parts’.

We are developing new areas of work to build on supporting programmes and resources that develop young active citizens across the UK and the Commonwealth. CYEC will continue to seek partners who share our vision.

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