Yesterday, 3rd March, City Year UK was honoured to be one of the charities introduced to The Queen at a special visit to Lister Community School in east London. The event was held to celebrate the work of youth charities supported by The Queen’s Trust, which exists to enable and encourage young people to help others.
Along with Chief Executive, Sophie Livingstone, former City Year UK volunteers, Jassi Johal and Jamal Hussain, were given the opportunity to tell Her Majesty about their year supporting pupils at the school as mentors, tutors and role models.
Jassi Johal said “I’m grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet The Queen. It was an honour to represent both City Year and Lister Community School, where I’m now training to become a teacher. I loved wearing the red jacket and have some great memories from both my volunteer and team leader days with the charity.”
Jamal Hussain, who’s now an academic coach at Lister Community School, added how proud he was to put on his red jacket again on such an exciting occasion. He said: “I was able to tell The Queen that it was because of City Year that I now have my place at University and am also working at the school.”
The Queen’s Trust has supported City Year UK since 2013, helping us to recruit and place volunteers in schools across London and Birmingham and to expand the programme nationally with our launch in Greater Manchester in 2015.