Boys' Brigade, Girl Guides
and Scouts to receive Freedom of Liverpool
3 organisations which have been a rite
of passage for hundreds of thousands of young people locally are to receive the
Freedom of Liverpool. Merseyside Scouts, Girlguiding Merseyside and the
Liverpool and District Battalion of the Boys' Brigade are to get the honour at a
special ceremony, at Liverpool Town Hall, on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. Between
them, the organisations have been in operation for hundreds of years and have
tens of thousands of young people taking part in regular activities at any 1
Lord Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, a former Cub Scout, said:- "We all know
someone who was or is a Scout, a Girlguide or a member of the Boys' Brigade.
Their work has touched the lives of countless young people for generations,
teaching them life skills and encouraging them to be active members of society.
I have recently spent time with each organisation, seeing up close the work that
they do and getting involved in their activities. There is absolutely no doubt
that many, many young people have grown up to be better adults as a result of
being a Scout, Girlguide or member of the Boys' Brigade. It is right and proper
that we reflect their significant role in life in our City by awarding them the
Freedom of Liverpool and I am delighted to do so."
Peter Oliver, County Commissioner for Merseyside Scouts, said:- "This is
great recognition of the amazing work of countless numbers of adult volunteers
who have delivered everyday adventure and skills for life to an immeasurable
number of young people over the last 110 years. It's an exciting time for
Merseyside Scouts. Today, we have a growing team of over 3000 incredible adult
volunteers and helpers delivering life changing adventure to over 8000 young
people every week of the year; their impact is immense and we hugely value the
time they give. Our ambition is for every young person across Merseyside who
wants to benefit from what we offer, to have that opportunity. In order to do
this, we're going to need even more adult volunteers and now is a great time to
get involved. Whether that's running activities, supporting administration or
fundraising; we have a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved
Ann Marie Cresaham, County Commissioner for Girlguiding, said:- "Girlguiding
Merseyside is immensely proud and humble to be receiving the "Freedom of the
City" of Liverpool. As the highest honour our City can bestow upon an
organisation, it recognises and acknowledges the contribution Girl Guiding has
made to the lives of so many young people in our City over the years. With
approximately 700 volunteers, leading 236 units across Merseyside, guiding
provides, a girls only space, gives girls a voice and changes as the lives of
our girls change. This is why we remain the leading charity for girls and young
women in the UK and are as relevant today as we were when we opened our first
unit in Liverpool in 1913. We are delighted to be receiving this award, we are
proud of our members and proud of this great City and its communities we serve."
Bill Stevenson, Boys' Brigade Secretary and Chief Executive, said:- "I was
delighted to learn that Liverpool and District Battalion is to be granted the
Freedom of the City of Liverpool. This is a tremendous honour for the Battalion
and I know just how much it will mean to all our members in the City. The Boys'
Brigade continues to be a great force for good and it is encouraging to know
that the enthusiasm of so many committed volunteers is being recognised in such
a special way. Many congratulations to you all."