2005 Annual Report

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2005 in review

Foreword to the 2005 Annual Report by Vic Craggs OBE, Director of CYEC

Youth organisations and young people continue to face a volatile climate, responding to unprecedented change and external events. Domestically many are addressing new policy developments and major organisational change. Externally the calendar has included the continuing war in Iraq, the tsunami, the Commission for Africa, the Make Poverty History campaign, the G8 Summit, the naming of London as the venue for the 2012 Olympics, the 7/7 London bombings, and the earthquakes in Pakistan. All of these serve to make clear that the global dimension is now inextricably linked to local and national agendas.

These events raise important issues for young people: questions of community cohesion and cultural, religious and national identities, of social justice, human rights and tolerance, of access to basic education and health care and, perhaps most tellingly of all, of how to build a peaceful and sustainable planet for future generations.

Set against this difficult and challenging backcloth, 2005 has been a full year for CYEC. The opportunities we provide for young people have, perhaps, never been so relevant or so needed. Despite a 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 of youth development emphasises young people’s ownership and reviewing their learning and skills development.

Young people’s role in development and their international networking is crucial. We continue to explore how we can support and capacity build young people working for greater democratisation, good governance, participation, health, sustainable development, and enterprise – all UK and Commonwealth priorities. We have also continued to promote the voice of Commonwealth young people by working with a Pan-Commonwealth team of young people to deliver the 5th Commonwealth Youth Forum, highlighted on later pages.

The achievements of our Development Programme are summarised on pages 8 - 10. Services continue to be well subscribed. During the year CYEC was pleased to respond to the ‘Youth Matters’ Green Paper in England: international links and exchanges make important contributions to developing skills and attitudes for participation and active global citizenship and achieving Every Child Matters outcomes.

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. A special thank you is due to the Dulverton Trust for providing funding to underpin innovative youth-led work by young people.

CYEC is a people organisation. We have a committed staff team and a dedicated Chair, Officers, Board of Trustees and volunteers. 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 continues to achieve a huge amount for a small organisation.

CYEC has maintained good links with umbrella bodies responsible for youth work and education in the voluntary and maintained sectors in each of the UK's four nations. We have also valued our close relationship with colleagues at Connect Youth/The British Council, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. We continue to collaborate with the Commonwealth Youth Programme and a range of Commonwealth, international and development agencies. CYEC welcomes partners who share our vision of developing young active citizens across the UK and the Commonwealth.

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