YOUNG cadets from uniformed services across the county teamed up
at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) recently to
design a new logo.
Youth United was set up around 18 months ago to bring together
young people from various uniformed and emergency services and
armed forces cadet schemes in Greater Manchester.
The idea of the project was to bring together people from all
backgrounds to share training facilities and ideas, and it followed
the success a similar project in London.
The Greater Manchester project incorporates young people from
GMFRS Community Fire Cadets, The Scouts Association, Girl Guides,
St John Ambulance, Army Cadets; The Sea Cadets, Boys' Brigade,
Girls' Brigade, Volunteer Police Cadets and Air Training Corps.
It is chaired by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Warren Smith and has a board of trustees which includes GMFRS'
County Fire Officer Steve McQuirk and Greater Manchester Police's
Chief Constable Peter Fahy.
The aim of Youth United is to promote positive activities and
instil a sense of civic responsibility in all young people in
Greater Manchester through fun and adventure.
GMFRS' Children and Young People Programmes Manager John
Cartwright said: "We've been holding meetings regularly since Youth
United was established and we decided that the organisation should
have its own logo. So GMFRS agreed to host a day for the young
people from the different schemes to get together at the Training
and Development Centre in June to design a logo.
"GMFRS' graphic designer Chris Marsden came along to offer his
advice and support to the young people and work with them on their
"The designs were absolutely excellent and it's going to be
tough to choose between them. It was nice to see the young people
working together from different organisations working towards a
"We now have a selection of designs, three of which we will be
submitting to the Greater Manchester Lord Lieutenant to pick a
winner which will become the Youth United logo."
The logo competition was the first joint project the group has
worked on but it is hoped that more joint activities and training
will take place in the near future.