High-Fives in the House of Commons

Envision Grads spread a little happiness in corridors of power

Young people from Woodhouse College gave high-fives to over 150 politicians and third-sector leaders as they arrived at the House of Commons Terrace for the summer party of the All Party Group on Civil Society.

Curious guests learned how the Envision team had been using their stunt as part of a wider campaign to encourage Londoners to be more comfortable interacting with strangers.

The young people entertained guests with a presentation explaining just how difficult it is to make adults smile. Their satirical stories also highlighted how difficult red tape and regulations can make it for young people to do positive things.

Guests from Unity Bank were so impressed that they offered to help the team with insurance whilst others came forward with ideas and contacts to help them develop their ideas.

The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, said: “It was great to be able to share a platform with young people from Envision.  Their energy and enthusiasm is an inspiring example of the spirit of civic participation that needs encouraging in young people across the country. Envision clearly understands how to engage young people in social action initiatives and is helping to deliver the next generation of community leaders.”