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06 February 2012

Mayor of London hands £1.3m to GB

Mayor of London hands £1.3m to GB

by Asha Kurien

(Photo credit: Girls' Brigade)

'Working together', 'God', 'equality', 'caring' and 'lives enriched' are just a few of the words that young women from the Girls' Brigade wrote on a giant graffiti mirror they set up during the YOU.Matter launch in London.

Five leaders and 14 young women from Girls' Brigade groups were at the Merton Sea Cadet base in Mitcham for the launch of YOU (Youth Organisations Uniform) Matter, a programme managed by the Safer London Foundation.

The programme endeavours to encourage young people to get involved with uniformed groups in the hope that this would increase their job prospects and inspire them to steer clear of crime.

The mayor interacted closely with all the teams that were present at the launch and when invited to write on the Girls' Brigade's graffiti mirror, he wrote - Team London.

At the event, Mr.Johnson awarded £1.3 million to the Girls' Brigade international and seven other youth organisations which were selected for the positive impact they can have on making London a safer place.

Hannah Field, mission co-ordinator for the Girls' Brigade, said: "In today's economic climate it's great to think that the Mayor of London values the positive contribution that Girls' Brigade makes to society, as it seeks to join in with God's mission of restoration to see lives transformed and enriched." She also went on to say that "YOU.Matter is an exciting project. As we know, everyone matters to God and it's great to have this opportunity to share it in word and action."

Girls' Brigade is a charity that aspires to help young people experience 'life to the full' which Jesus promises those who follow him. If you would like to join or get more information about the organisation, please contact Hannah Field on 01235 510425.