At todays National Council meeting branches were allocated the destination countries for the 2017 programmes. If you are interested in participating in a programme this coming year please contact your local branch.
With anticipation rising, five delegations travelled from far and wide to the 'Waste Not Want Not' Youth Meeting organised by Manchester and North West branch.
Delegations from Germany, Italy, Norway, Thailand along with the GB delegation from the North East spent a week together investigating and studying the effects of our wasteful society on todays world.
The enthusiastic groups each prepared an activity to present at the youth meeting, as well as engaging in planning activities for the duration of their stay.
On Thursday, the guest speaker Graham Hudson, captivated the imagination of his young audience with his life story. A world away from their home life, Graham was born into a deprived background of crime, with his role models steering him in a downward spiral that ended with him homeless and living on the streets of Manchester. However, at his lowest ebb, believing his life to be worthless, he was introduced to The Mustard Tree project who assisted him in turning his life around, enabling him to regain his self worth. Graham now works as Creative Programmes Manager for The Mustard Tree, supporting and enabling others and is quite an accomplished artist.
The delegates engaged fully in their time with Graham, showing an empathy beyond their years, they asked probing and pertinent questions regarding the plight of the homeless in todays society.
All too quickly the week sped by, bringing the youth meeting to a close. New life friendships formed and filled with fresh ideas to care for the dwindling resources in our homes, communities and world it was time to return home.
All chapters were represented at the 2016 Leadership Training in the new venue of Aldwark Water Activity Centre, although the river didn't play a part in the training.
Over the weekend many teams were created for each new activity, taking people out of their comfort zone, to cultivate new partnership and working groups, a vital part of all CISV programme. The activities were varied, inspiring out of the box thinking, enabling people for the CISV programme they will attend later in the year. Imparting the serious information was interspersed with fun energisers and activities alongside meal and snack breaks.