In December 2015, the Birmingham Commonwealth Association became a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society. This new achievement opens up a whole new range of opportunities for the BCA, as it is now able to access a wide network of organisations. In fact, the RCS is present in all 53 Commonwealth countries and has over 19,000 related members.
Considering that about sixty per cent of the 2.2 billion people that populate the Commonwealth are less than thirty years old, the Royal Commonwealth Society makes capitalizing on these young men and women’s creativity and innovation a first level priority. With this in mind, the Birmingham Commonwealth Association is planning a Young Persons Award, to be granted for outstanding work in promoting Commonwealth values in their communities.
Though its the participation in the Royal Commonwealth Society is relatively recent, the BCA hopes to contribute to an improvement in the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world, and very particularly, in its birthplace, Birmingham, itself.