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Friends of the British Overseas Territories

Britain's links with the Overseas Territories are long-standing and important. The relationship is rooted in a shared history: but it moves forward, too, in partnership. Friends of the British Overseas Territories is a brand new education and community focused charity which aims to promote, support and increase awareness of the 260,000 British Citizens that live in the sixteen territories, as well as to advance education and relieve financial hardship of the 2,000 students from the British Overseas Territories who are studying in the UK. We have just gained English charitable status, but we are not yet established, and therefore consider ourselves to be in the start-up phase. Our ideas - including a funded intern programme, helpline and workshops are under development, although we have held pilot networking events. We want to celebrate the culture, bio-diversity and history of our territories as well as supporting local community projects and political matters in the UK. What are your objectives? (1) To advance education and relieve financial hardship of students from the British Overseas Territories who are studying in the UK. (2) To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the British Overseas Territories and the history and geography of the British Overseas Territories. (3) To advance the education of young people aged between 18 and 25 by providing educational visits to the British Overseas Territories (4) To further such other purposes as are exclusively charitable in accordance with the law of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time decide. There is no other organisation like ours, which not only brings together young people from across the British Overseas Territories and provides support, but also looks to raise awareness and understanding in the UK about the activities of the BOTs.

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