Jan 7, 2020

Help Young People Live, Learn and Earn

With your support we can help many more young people like Amy build their confidence to live, learn and earn.

Amy decided to make some positive changes in her life and knew that she needed to start engaging with the outside world. She went to her local Jobcentre, where they recommended contacting The Prince’s Trust.

"The way I feel about life now is completely different to before. Not only do I feel healthier and happier, I feel more resilient and enjoy being with surrounded by people as a volunteer in my local community."

"Being my mum’s carer as a teenager was tough and I felt isolated, which only got worse when she passed away. This led to self-harming and suicide attempts because I didn’t see any future for myself."

"But I knew I had to engage with the outside world if I wanted things to improve. I took part in Fairbridge which gave me the chance to make small steps of progress. I then took part in Team which really signalled the start of my improved mental health. I could feel myself becoming more confident and resilient, but it was during the Get into Health and Social Care with Keane that I realised that the skills I had learned as my mum’s carer could be used in a work environment."

"I was able to use all this in a really positive way to help others. I started working part-time but my dad suffered a major stroke, so I’ve taken time away to become his main carer. Although this has been hard, I feel better equipped to deal with the responsibility and I know that once he recovers, I’m in a much better place to get another job."

“The Prince’s Trust has helped me to develop the resilience to face life’s challenges and given me a support network I know I can always go back to. I don’t feel alone this time.”

Amy is now volunteering at her local Housing Association and is part of the young group helping to host events for the local public. This new environment is having a hugely positive impact on her life. She also won a Prince's Trust Award in Scotland in 2019.

So thank you for helping young people like Amy, you are truly amazing!

Oct 10, 2019

Helping Young People Live, Learn and Earn

With your support we can help many more young people build their confidence to live, learn and earn. Charlotte found her dream of becoming a nurse shattered when she suddenly lost her sight. Here is her story:

"I was at university studying nursing and went to bed as normal and woke the next morning unable to see out of my left eye. It was terrifying. Doctors treated me for what they thought was the cause, but I then lost the sight in my right eye."

Charlotte was later diagnosed with a genetic eye condition that has left her with clouded central vision and limited peripheral sight.

"My sight loss impacted on every part of my life. I could no longer study nursing, I became afraid to leave the house unaccompanied, and friendships drifted because people didn’t know how to treat me. I’d never felt more isolated."

Charlotte received practical support from The Royal Society for Blind Children, but what she craved was to be treated like everyone else, not as a person with a disability.

"I met someone from The Prince’s Trust at a job fair in Hackney and they talked to me about their Fairbridge programme. It sounded like my chance to show everyone that my sight loss didn’t mean I needed special treatment.”

“The programme helped me feel like an equal to others and I didn’t feel singled out because of my disability. I was pushed fully out of my comfort zone and was persuaded to apply for an 18 month apprenticeship with the Home Office which is where I’m working now. The interview process was tough, but I made it through.”

"Fairbridge gave me the confidence to believe I can do whatever I want, and it gave me the freedom to know I can choose for myself. It’s completely changed my life."

Charlotte won the Delta Air Lines Rising Star Award at our London and South East Prince's Trust Awards in 2018 - an award which recognises young people who, despite having faced substantial personal obstacles, are in sustainable employment as a result of one of our programmes.

Earlier this year, Charlotte took part in a L'Oréal Paris All Worth It confidence session, delivered through our Fairbridge programme. She also features in our latest campaign focused on affirmations.

"Taking part in a L’Oréal All Worth It session really helped me build on my confidence. It allowed me to feel confident in myself, how I communicate and how I build relationships with others."

“My affirmation is ‘I am more than my disability’ because I don’t want this to define me. The Prince’s Trust helped me to feel like I was valued just as I am and to know my self-worth.”

So thank you for helping our young people like Charlotte, you are truly amazing!

Jul 16, 2019

Help Our Young People to Live, Learn and Earn!

With your support we are able to help many more young people build their confidence to live, learn and earn. Here is Adam's story:

"I was not supported by those who should have cared for me the most. Some family members struggled to accept my sexuality and I ended up homeless and feeling isolated.

"School was also a challenge and this, coupled with what was going on at home, meant that I didn’t get the grades I was predicted. In addition, limited work experience meant I found it really hard to get a job.

"Through the JobCentre I was referred to a Taster Day for ‘Marks and Start’, a Get into Retail programme from The Prince’s Trust, run in partnership with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

"The programme gave me confidence I didn’t know I had and the stepping stones I needed in order to flourish and progress into a career in retail. While with M&S I progressed from Customer Assistant to Section Co-ordinator and Customer Service Champion and was nominated as a Colleague Forum Representative.

"The Prince’s Trust has turned my life around and opened so many doors for me. I’m still working in retail and hospitality and I’ve become involved with other projects including: Leaders Unlocked, a social enterprise helping other young people; the Norfolk Police and Crime Youth Association; Rotary International; and Pride.

"I literally wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of The Prince’s Trust. I had gone from one of the lowest points in my life to feeling full of positivity and excitement for the future. I was then asked to be a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust which has been an enormous privilege and I’ve been able to share the story of my journey with The Trust at over 25 events.

So thank you for helping our young people like Adam, you are truly amazing!

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