Aug 8, 2017

Supporting disadvantaged young people

The Prince's Trust believe that all young people deserve to be nurtured, cared for, supported and given the chance to succeed. No matter what start they have had, young people can succeed.

Take for instance Bradley, 20 from Norwich. Here's his story;

Bradley had no money and nowhere to stay, he spent most of his nights wandering the streets until the morning, waiting for the occasional time a friend could offer him a sofa to sleep on. After an unstable and abusive childhood, Bradley fell out with his family and left home. A promised job didn't materialise and it was at the Job Centre he first heard about The Prince's Trust.

Bradley took part in Make Your Mark, a four-week employability programme run in partnership between The Trust and Marks & Spencer. This gave him something to focus on and a sense of achievement. Slowly, he began to believe in himself again and he developed confidence. He always had a smile on his face and took everything in his stride. With the support of the programme executive, he eventually got a place in a YMCA hostel.

Bradley found the perfect role for himself in the operations team at M&S. Within a safe and supportive environment, Bradley built up his knowledge of the retail sector and gaind skills to qualify him for employment. His determination to succeed shone through and he was offered a temporary contract as soon as he completed the course.

The Make Your Mark programme enabled Bradley to learn to be independent and even to provide support for other young people, experiencing difficulties similar to his own. He has continued to flourish with the company and is now a full-time, permanent member of staff. Bradley has gone on to volunteer on The Trust's programme, and act as a mentor for other young people. His current ambition is to find independent accommodation where he will feel more stable.

The programme was life-changing. I joined with nothing to give and I came out a completely different person. I am now able to give back to people who are in a similar situation to me.

Now with your support we can help so many more disadvantaged young people get their life on track and give them a second chance in life to succeed.

Feb 13, 2017

Together we are transforming young lives

Thanks to your support you have helped to ensure a better future for disadvantaged young people across the UK, take Shannon for example, here's her story;

At 17 I found myself homeless. I had regular panic attacks and suffered from anxiety and depression. I was so lost, I didn’t know which way to turn.

I always struggled at school and I failed some important GCSEs, including Maths and English. I wasn’t diagnosed as dyslexic until I was 17. Things kept going from bad to worse. I was forced to leave college and diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality traits.

I had been going through a traumatic time and started finding it harder to deal with new situations. My emotions were out of control at times.

I started living in supported accommodation. The people there advised me to join The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme. I was determined to take control of my life, so I agreed to sign up.

I’d always felt like I was on my own before, but The Prince’s Trust helped me see that I wasn’t. I learned a lot of new things and that sense of achievement made me feel like I could get a better life if I tried hard enough.

Achieving on the programme made me feel great. I decided to focus on making a career in Nails and Beauty, but I couldn’t afford the kit. The Prince’s Trust were there to help me again – they gave me a grant to pay for the equipment and the course, and to fund a Maths GCSE evening class.

Now I study Nails and Beauty by day and Maths by night. Life is more stable, and I’m happy and on track for a promising future.

I’m so thankful. Without The Trust I wouldn’t be doing what I am today and my mental health would have deteriorated again. Thank you so much for making these things happen in my life and for giving me a chance – I couldn’t be happier!

Nov 18, 2016

How Tom transformed his life with your support

Tom, aged 20, embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with our Enterprise programme and a result has set up a local store called Props Skate Store - which has now become a social hub for young people in the community. 

Tom had lost all hope of finding work before receiving support from The Prince’s Trust. After facing unemployment for more than a year, he felt depressed about his future.

Tom had no choice but to live at home with his parents during his struggle to find work. The family pulled together to support him, but he struggled to make ends meet whilst on Job Seekers Allowance. After a long period on benefits, Tom heard about The Prince's Trust and things began to look up.

“I grew up in a deprived area and there seemed to be no jobs available. I was stuck in a rut for a long time and felt like giving up. So many young people were in the same boat as me, and spend their time hanging around down at the park. It was soul-destroying.”

He had always been a keen skater but had not thought about how he could turn his passion into a business. After going on our Enterprise programme, he felt confident about his future for the first time.

Tom's shop is already going from strength to strength – and is now a hub for young people in the local community. Earlier this year Tom won a local business award for his outstanding achievements. In the future, he hopes to set up events for local skaters as well as opening a bigger store.

“The Prince’s Trust’s support has been completely life-changing. Without them, I would still be unemployed and struggling to get by. Instead, I am my own boss and doing what I love. I am proud that I am bringing people into Rotherham and putting something back into the community. It’s an amazing feeling.”

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