Royal praise for YSS !

YSS - Celebrating  30 years 



HRH arriving at Six Ways

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, has paid tribute to YSS of which she is patron, and the dedication of its staff and volunteers.   The Princess Royal was the keynote speaker at a celebration held on Monday 3 October at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium to mark the charity’s thirtieth birthday and celebrate its support of vulnerable children, young people, adults and families who face difficult life challenges.

The Princess praised the incredible dedication of the staff and noted  that one of the great strengths of YSS is the volunteers who work across the diverse projects that the charity runs. She  recognised that YSS invests in its volunteers and that this is clearly demonstrated by the number of staff who started as volunteers, including the current Chief Executive Officer. Currently more than 150 people contribute a total of eight thousand voluntary hours a year which enables the charity to respond to a wide range of people with a wide range of problems.

 Val Crane - Long service volunteer presentation

Long service volunteer presentation- Val Crane

Her Royal Highness presented awards to the two longest-

Volunteer long service presentation: Steve Tonry

Volunteer long service presentation: Steve Tonry

serving YSS volunteers in recognition of their work. For fourteen years Val Crane, from Evesham, has helped young people when they are in police custody in her role as an Appropriate Adult; and Steve Tonry, from Dormstone near Inkberrow, has been a mentor for twelve years providing one-to-one support to vulnerable adults. She presented a certificate to Kirk D’cruze and David Rouse, on behalf of drp Communications, in recognition of their outstanding specialist digital, film & video and

DRP presentation

DRP presentation

events support.

Susanna McFarlane, Chair of Trustees, YSS, said “We were delighted and honoured Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was able to join us and so many friends, partners, staff volunteers and service users at our very special 30th birthday celebration. She gave an excellent speech where she highlighted our achievements over the last 30 years and the vital role our volunteers play in all our projects”.

 hrh-and-susannaYSS CEO, Lorraine Preece, was delighted with the response for the day. ‘The event was an opportunity to recognise our achievements and showcase the positive difference we make to the lives of so many people,’ Lorraine said.

 The 180 attendees also heard from Lord Bradbury– who has a lord-bradleyspecial interest in mental health and the criminal justice system – and Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust which focuses on social justice and equality issues. Both emphasised the important role YSS has played, as pilot services, in the development/improvement nationally in services and raising awareness for Mental health and young adults issues in the criminal justice system.

sara-llewellinHere are the links to the presentations:




Delegates heard from Neil Phillips, Senior Key Worker, YSS Worcestershire Young Carers service about the project,now running for over 13 years, and  from 2 young carers about how their lives have been helped by YSS. 80 young carers were supported in 2003, now the service supports over 350 across Worcestershire.

‘The conference was a reminder that we are part of a bigger movement promoting social equality, and the endorsement from Princess Anne is a reflection on our collective achievements,’ said YSS EnHance  Team manager, Sarah Dowler.

One of the guests added “Many thanks for a wonderful celebratory event today; it was perfect from start to finish.  You really have cause to be proud of such a wonderful and inspiring organisation!”

YSS will continue its birthday celebrations later this month with a lecture by Nick Hardwick, the Chair of the Parole Board on 27 October at Worcester Cathedral.

For more information about the work of YSS including how to volunteer or help fundraise, please follow the links.

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