Being involved with the Prince’s Trust has been one of the most rewarding things I have done. I am constantly inspired and motivated by the young people I mentor and also by the great teams of people who work behind the scenes. So many give their time and money to support the Prince’s Trust in raising the £60 million that is needed to help around 60,000 people aged between 13 – 30 every year.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND:
The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 by The Prince of Wales. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK, and began The Trust to deliver on that commitment.
Recent reports show that around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Many are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince’s Trust provides programmes that offer young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. They also help with training, personal development, business start-up support, mentoring and advice, providing key skills, confidence and motivation so they can take responsibility for themselves and build a life they choose.
THE PROGRAMMES THEY RUN:
- The Enterprise programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.
- The Team programme is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
- Get Started are short courses designed to help young people develop new skills, build confidence and have fun, helping them to move forwards in their lives.
- Get Into are short courses offering intensive training and experience in a specific sector to help young people get a job.
- Development Awards are small grants to enable young people to access education, training or work.
- Prince’s Trust xl clubs give 13-19 year olds who are at risk of truanting, exclusion and underachievement a say in their education. They aim to improve attendance, motivation and social skills.
- The Fairbridge programme works with young people aged 13-25, giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.
If you would like to find out more about they work they do or how to support them please visit http://www.princes-trust.org.uk.
We will be sharing more about the Prince’s Trust in the future.