Royal invite to Buckingham Palace
The Tribune Trust has sponsored young people to attend the Outward Bound Trust’s (OBT) three week Skills for Life course in Ullswater for several years.
The attendees are selected from outstanding candidates who have attended the Night Challenge exercise organised by Humberside Police and their partner agencies. The course continues to have a positive effect on those attending raising their confidence and self-belief and giving them a positive outlook on life. The course involves rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, sailing, problem solving, camp craft and navigation. Although it is physically and mentally demanding there are many examples of how the course has changed people’s lives.
The Tribune Trust received an invitation from HRH the Duke of York, who is the patron of the Outward Bound Trust, to attend an Education Forum at Buckingham Palace on the 16th October 2017. The Director of the Tribune Trust attended the event, which brought together about 300 attendees from Education, Industry and charitable organisations.
Speakers included HRH The Duke of York, Lord Kirkham, Deputy Patron of the OBT, Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Paul Rose, Explorer and BBC presenter, Matt Pullen, Managing Director of AkzoNobel, Dr Saima Rana, Principal of the Westminster Academy, Leo Holding, mountaineer and Trustee of the OBT and Rukayyah Yusuf, a Somalia refugee and former participant on the Skills for Life course.
All of the speaks emphasised the importance of giving young people the experiences, opportunities and challenges to build the next generations with the life skills that they need. They stressed that producing well rounded individuals with skills in communication, relationships, team building and leadership, which can be transferred to the workplace, needed more than just good academic results. They all supported outward bound activity for young people and asked the attendees to continue to invest their time and finances to ensure that young people were given the opportunity to attend outward bound courses in the future.
HRH The Duke of York thanked the attendees for their support of the OBT over the years.
John Ford, the Director of the Tribune Trust said “It was a privilege to attend the event and it was good to see the Tribune Trust recognised by the Outward Bound Trust and its royal patrons for their work in supporting and developing young people”.