In his latest President’s blog, Prithpal Saimbi discusses the reasons the BII have chosen to support St Basils in this Presidential year…
Each year the BII President chooses their charity of the year to raise awareness and fundraising opportunities. The chosen charity not only represents the theme for the Presidential year but also highlights the invaluable work done by the charity at a local level.
My theme and focus for the year will be on youth engagement. Birmingham has got the highest population of under 30s in the UK and the Institute has a responsibility to actively engage with this group and address the skills gap current faced by the City. Within the under 30’s age group, there are many individuals who haven’t had the opportunities that many of us take for granted.
In light of this, I am pleased to confirm that my chosen charity this year is the Birmingham based youth charity, St Basils (http://www.stbasils.org.uk). St Basils helps some 4000 young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at the risk of homelessness.
St Basils provide a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move forward in life.
Over the following 12 months, the BII will be actively organising events and I would encourage all members to get involved in aid of this very worthwhile cause.
I thank you in advance for your help and would welcome any queries you may have.
Prithpal Saimbi, President, Birmingham Insurance Institute