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25 June 2012

Tea at Number 10 for the Girls’ Brigade

Tea at Number 10 for the Girls’ Brigade

Two members of the Girls' Brigade England & Wales talked to one of the world's most influential politicians about the benefits of being involved with the organisation.

Girls' Brigade's mission co-ordinator Hannah Field, 29, and Grace Claydon, 17, from 1st Hawkwell Girls' Brigade (GB) in Essex, attended the event at Number 10 on 13 June and met the UK's prime minister David Cameron.

The reception was for a number of charities and community groups that work to benefit their local communities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Youth Hostels Association. It was also attended by cabinet ministers including Tim Loughton and celebrities such as Nick Knowles from DIY SOS.

Hannah said: "It was a great opportunity for GB to be recognised as an organisation that's making a difference in many lives. This is thanks to the vital role played by the churches and volunteers with whom we work."

Both Hannah and Grace spoke directly to Mr Cameron and Grace was also involved in an under-18s discussion recorded by Radio 1.

Hannah said: "We've been working closely with the government to explore and develop opportunities for providing children and young people with positive activities, so it was good to share with the prime minister and hear how he thinks a lot of the values organisations like GB stand for are ones they want replicated in society.

"Grace told the prime minister about GB in his constituency of Witney and she was also recorded for Radio 1 sharing about the difference GB has made to her life and how she now works in her local community."

GB groups all over England and Wales provide rewarding, stretching and positive opportunities through which around thousands of children and young people, between the ages of four and 18, grow and develop in confidence and skills in a Christian environment.