A dynamic, well-researched, well-structured, well-written argument on why, in its existing form, voluntourism – taking a holiday to get involved in short-term volunteer work – is about feel-good experiences and does not prioritise the people it claims to help. That was the paper presented by Sharaiz Asin (The British Academy) in the Autumn Young England and Wales Programme. Her 'pithy, witty and fun' 90-second Challenge on whether eldest daughters deserve compensation also helped to win her the England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year title. Dagmara Firlej (Home Office) was runner-up, Beth Lay (Legal Aid Agency) was highly commended, and Alya Shaker Francis (British Red Cross) and Callum Whitehouse (Home Office) were both commended.
We are now looking forward to the Autumn Young Scotland Programme in November – watch this space for news. After that, 2024 launches with an international vibe. The first Young Ireland Programme of the year (click here for brochure and booking form) and the annual Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme – click here for more details.
The dates for the Young Local Authority of the Year 2024 have been announced. Delegates in teams of two from across the UK will gather in Lancaster on Wednesday 6 March for two days of exciting competition. Click here for brochure and booking form.