Barnardo’s new President Natasha Kaplinsky OBE praised Barnardo’s for highlighting the hopes and fears of young people in a special report launched by the charity at yesterday’s Parliamentary reception.

New Barnardo’s President Natasha Kaplinsky with children from Barnardo’s Wellbeing Hub.

“I’m delighted to be joining Barnardo’s as the charity’s new President. There are so many challenges for children these days. It must be frightening growing up now. They have so many concerns, environmental changes, the internet, difficulties breaking into jobs, and believing they’ll never affording a house. It’s even harder for the most vulnerable children Barnardo’s supports – like children growing up in the care system. My aim is to visit as many services as I can and meet as many young people as possible to learn more about the challenges they face and how the charity is helping them.” – Natasha Kaplinsky

The newsreader, presenter and journalist gave her first speech as President at the charity’s Annual Parliamentary Reception yesterday (Monday), at the House of Commons and sponsored by Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP.

A new Barnardo’s report, ‘Overcoming Poverty of Hope’, which looks at the concerns young people have for the future, including climate change, Brexit and crime drew widespread support from attendees and the charities celebrity supporters.

The report reveals two thirds (67 per cent) of young people believe their generation will be worse off than their parents. It also reveals that 62 per cent of 16-24-year-olds feel the government cares more about older generations than their own.

BBC News days, Natasha Kaplinsky.

Natasha was welcomed by Barnardo’s Chief Executive of Javed Khan and joined by VIP Ambassadors including actor and director Andy Serkis, actor Louisa Clein who played paedophile teacher Maya in Emmerdale; singer Nicola Roberts; and television presenter Sonali Shah.

Other celebrity ambassadors and supporters included former TOWIE star and foster carer Debbie Douglas; former Made in Chelsea star and TV presenter Sam Thompson; actor Priyanga Burford; TV presenter Anila Chowdhry and Lifestyle Blogger Rumena Begum.

Young people from Barnardo’s services also attended alongside MPs and representatives from the charity sector.

“I am hugely grateful to our new President and all the celebrities,  MPs and other supporters who attended the event to hear about Barnardo’s vision, values and the positive impact we have on the lives of the most vulnerable childrenand young people in the UK. When young people feel there is little or no possibility of a positive future, what we call a ‘poverty of hope’, they can be vulnerable to exploitation and criminality. Collectively, we can help young people overcome this ‘poverty of hope’ by believing in them, nurturing their talents, providing opportunities, knocking down barriers, and listening to them when it comes to decisions that affect their futures.” – Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan

Natasha Kaplinsky, the former face of Channel 5 News.
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