Anne McTaggart MSP has offered her warm congratulations to the Boys Brigade (BB) on its 130th anniversary.
Founded in Glasgow on the 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith, the BB is the UKs oldest voluntary youth organisation. It quickly grew and spread across the UK and became a worldwide organisation by the early 1890s.
In Scotland, The Boys’ Brigade cares for and challenges young people through a program of informal education in a fun way. Each week around 20,000 young people, aged 5 to 18, take part in one of its 450 groups.
To mark their anniversary, the BB are holding a number of events all across the UK including parties, outdoor activities and world record attempts. Ms McTaggart spoke as the BB visited the Scottish Parliament on the 3rd October and met with MSPs.
She said “It was great having the BB at the Parliament to help celebrate their 130th anniversary. The BB provides positive role models for young men across the country and gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends. I would like to pay tribute to the thousands of dedicated volunteers who put in so much time and effort to ensure that the BB can continue to thrive.”
Niall Roland, Development and PR Officer for the BB in Scotland said “The BB started with just one group in Glasgow’s west-end 130 years ago and has grown into a worldwide movement. As we celebrate this special milestone, we are encouraged by the recent growth in the organisation, meaning that even more children and young people can benefit from the varied BB programme of activities. The backing from Anne and other MSPs has been of great support to the organisation and, in particular, our many adult volunteers whose time and talent ensures that there continues to be a safe and fun environment for our members.”