23 Mar 2022
“St Andrew’s really is the beating heart of this community”. Lord Strathclyde, 17 March 2022
On Thursday 17 March, St Andrew’s held its annual President’s Reception evening – this time ‘gold’ themed in recognition of the London Youth Gold Quality Mark recently achieved by the Club. After last year’s event was delivered via Zoom due to the pandemic, we were so thankful that once again we could welcome all of our supporters back to the Club, with nearly 100 in attendance.
|Stanely welcomes Heather Cowan from London Youth||Guests enjoying the reception||The Lord Mayor, Chair of Trustees Elizabeth Cuffy, CEO Annette Fettes, Club President Lord Strathclyde|
CEO Annette, Club President Lord Strathclyde, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Andrew Smith all addressed the guests, giving a fantastic account of the Club’s work in the past year, and praising the Club for what makes it so special.
|Lord Strathclyde calls the Club "The heartbeat of the community"||CEO Annette tells the audience some of the Club's recent achievements||The Lord Mayor states the Club "Open's young people's minds"|
The Lord Mayor declared: “The work done at St Andrew’s has been so crucial during the pandemic and has continued to grow in its support of the community ever since. The Club opens young people’s minds, fuels their confidence, and offers them incredible opportunities.”
Two of the Junior Youth Workers, Indie and Mollie were presented with their Level 1 Youth Work certificates by the Lord Mayor. They were speechless – and thrilled to bits that their hard work was recognised.
|Molly and Indie recieve their awards||This is the accumulation of all their hard work||Showing off the Club's Gold Award|
Sarah our Youth Club Manager was officially announced as the next CEO of the Club, taking over slowly as Annette retires at the end of this year. See this news story for more CEO Handover Plans (standrewsclub.com).
Many guests had tours by the Team to different areas of the Club where some of the Club’s work was showcased. This included football sessions with the girls football team in the Sports Hall, a graffiti artwork gallery in the Theatre with Youth Worker Karl and fitness work in Weights Gym.
|Karl showcasing his artwork||Adrian shows guests the drills performed by our girls football team||The Lord Mayor takes a look around|
The raffle, which raised over £600, was won by one of the Club’s long-standing former members - cocktails and canapés for two in the Hedgerow Cocktail Bar, Conrad St James Hotel.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended, it was fantastic to have so many brilliant supporters back at the Club!