THE Prince of Wales has asked church leaders and senior
representatives of the armed services, business, industry,
education, and the voluntary sector to back a new campaign for
social action by young people. Prince Charles kicked off the
initiative on Thursday of last week by chairing a discussion about
it at Clarence House (above).
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who was abroad, was represented at
the discussion by his chief of staff, Kay Brock, who is to meet
campaign organisers again later this week. "We will be discussing
the most effective way in which the Church of England can engage
with this project," she said.
The campaign, which will be launched officially in the autumn,
seeks to double the number of young people volunteering. It is
estimated, only 29 per cent of them currently take part in
social-action projects. Schools, churches, and youth organisations
will be involved in the campaign, which has been welcomed by the
Church of England's chief education officer, the Revd Jan
She said: "This development fits in well with the wider
Christian curriculum of church schools, which leads many of our
students into becoming agents of transformation. Initiatives like
the Archbishop of York's young leaders' award do exactly that."