Friday, June 21, 2013

News: JCI Barnsley wins European award


JCI Barnsley has been awarded the "Best Local Growth and Development Program in Europe" For the Diamond Challenge run in 2012.

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a global network for young people and held its European award ceremony earlier this month.

The European award is the first to be won by JCI Barnsley in its 61 years of actively trying to make a difference in Barnsley. It was also the only European award to be won by any chamber in the UK this year on an international level.

The Diamond challenge was a program run as a last attempt to stop the chamber becoming non-existent. After a high of over 100 members and being the biggest chamber outside London in the 70's, at the beginning of 2012 membership numbers had dropped to just 12.

This challenge was put into place to find and engage young active citizens in Barnsley to make a real difference to the community. Membership numbers are now at 30 and growing with further support from 14 business patrons from across the Barnsley area.

It's a set up at that the organisers would love to see replicated in Rotherham.

With over £100 raised for Help 4 Heroes last year, this years chosen charity is The Barnsley Blind and Partly Sighted Association and over £300 has been raised so far with a swim challenge still to come.

After reforming the chamber, 2013 sees JCI Barnsley launch five full development programs to help members and visitors in Personal Development, Business, Social Skills, Support network and Charity projects.

Charlie Pearson, president of JCI Barnsley (picture above, centre), said: "Everything we do is to make a difference to the town and it's people by giving young people the skills they need to be a success. This has been done throughout our history and this award is for all our members, patrons and senators. I am incredibly proud of their efforts and honoured to be their President."

JCI Barnsley website

Images: JCI Barnsley


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