The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity, with a 36 year history of helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into education, employment or training. We run a range of courses which are not only proven to help those young people who need us most, but are also strongly monitored and evaluated to ensure that our funders know exactly where their money goes.
The Prince’s Trust continues to help young people between the ages of 13 and 30 years old from four key areas:
- Long term unemployed
- Those in or leaving care
- Offenders or ex-offenders
- Those underachieving at school
For the young people that we work with, The Prince’s Trust is often the last resort and we provide these young people with the opportunity to learn life-long skills to equip them for the future. Our aim is to give these disadvantaged young people a fresh start so that they can change their lives for the better.
The need for our work in the UK is greater than ever with over one million 16 – 25 year olds (one in five) not in work, education or training and many more teenagers struggling at school or dropping out, youth unemployment now costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity. A recent survey by The Prince’s Trust found that the labour market is as competitive as ever for young people. Those young people who are currently unemployed have applied for a great number of jobs with almost 60% having applied for more than 20.
At The Prince’s Trust we are proud to report that 87p out of every pound is spent directly on developing and delivering programmes and services for young people. Last year we helped 55,081 young people change their lives for the better and three out of every four young people we work with moves in to a positive outcome.
Real lives – David Samson, Blackburn
David joined Get Started with Football after facing major setbacks in life. At school, David’s passion was sport but in year 10 he was told not to go for his GCSE in PE because he would struggle with the theory side due to his dyslexia. This was a huge set-back for David and on leaving school he enrolled at college to study sports but again was knocked back and two weeks in to the course was told it was too advanced for him and he had to leave. In addition to coping with no longer being at college, a close family member was sent to prison.
Determined to do something positive, David discovered his strengths and boosted his self-confidence through the Get Started with Football programme with Blackburn Rovers FC.
Throughout the week David was described as outstanding and at the end presentation won a signed football for his dedication to the progamme. David jumped at the opportunity for progression support following the programme and has since been accepted on to a football coaching course and in his spare time he also volunteers as a coach at Blackburn Rovers RC.
The Get Started with programme has given David the chance to gain valuable work experience and continue moving forward.
“The Prince’s Trust has supported me all the way and opened so many doors for me. I can’t thank them enough for their constant support” David from Blackburn
The Fairbridge programme is an individual personal development programme that targets the hardest to reach young people. Delivered from three centres in the North West in Bury, Salford and Liverpool, they provide the quality of support which a young person deserves and expects from The Prince’s Trust; a warm, welcoming and safe environment where they can access professional support tailored to their individual needs.
To address the high unemployment and NEET issues in the Blackburn with Darwen area, we are scheduled to take on a new Pennine Lancashire centre in Burnley in March 2014 which will enable us to make even more of a positive impact across the North West.
- 68% of young people successfully move into education or training within 3 months
- 12% successfully move into employment, self-employment or an apprenticeship within 3 months
Fairbridge is a unique combination of high impact learning, adventurous activities and one to one support that has a strong track record of progressing young people into education and employment through:
- Access course: a five day course comprising challenging activities such as caving, gorge walking and coastal traversing providing opportunities to build relationships, increase confidence, and develop personal and social skills
- One to one support: offering a holistic innovative approach focusing on responding to particular goals/skills such as anti-bullying, improved self-esteem, drug and alcohol awareness
- Group sessions: ranging from positive one day activities to more developmental courses and projects such a range of sports and outdoor pursuits, creative courses in music and arts and cooking and healthy living
- Moving on: young people receive time unlimited, encouragement, practical and individualised support to ‘Move On’ to employment, education and training
The Fairbridge programme changes lives. All the young people that we supported faced barriers in their lives and as an indication that they are ready to leave the programme, we look for a significant improvement against at least one target need:
- 28% said they were less likely to re-offend
- 27% increased their school attendance
- 21% reduced the quantity, severity or frequency of their drug use
- 18% of homeless young people moved in to longer term accommodation
“The Fairbridge programme has had a huge impact on my life. I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved and I’m confident about finding a career and being independent”
Kirsty, Fairbridge participant
“Quite simply, The Prince’s Trust changed my life. They put me in a direction I wanted to go. My confidence has grown and I feel so much happier and more positive about the future”
Hannah from Colne