Congratulations @PrincesTrust Cheshunt Team 7 @HFRSyouthengage #partofPT #charity

Congratulations Princes Trust Cheshunt Team 7 on an inspirational presentation

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In 25 years, Team Delivery Partners and Team Leaders have helped 187,000 young people to complete the programme. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for HRH The Prince of Wales who had a bold idea. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

In the 70’s the UK was struggling with record levels of unemployment and spiraling inflation, young people were being left behind. The Prince used his Navy severance pay – £7,400 – to fund a number of community initiatives.

Twenty-one pilot projects were set up around the country. Grants were given to a 19-year old woman to run a social centre for the Haggerston Housing Estate in East London and for two ex-offenders to run a fishing club. Funds hired swimming baths in Cornwall to train young life guards and for a self-help bicycle repair scheme.

In the 80’s Unemployment rose above three million. Brixton, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool were torn by riots. Too many young people felt they had no stake in society. Against this backdrop The Prince’s Trust grew up. The Enterprise programme was launched in 1983 and within three years 1,000 young people were supported to start a business.

The Prince of Wales Community Venture also began. This was an intensive 42-week programme, containing a mix of challenges, outdoors activity, teamwork, and community projects. This later developed into the hugely successful 12-week Team programme.

During the same period, The Trust decided to break the charity mould and held its first fundraising concerts. The first Prince’s Trust Rock Gala was held at the Dominion Tottenham Court Road, with Madness, Joan Armatrading, Phil Collins, Kate Bush and Pete Townshend. Rock galas continued through the 80s and 90s.

The Trust held the first rock concert in Hyde Park for over 20 years and began its partnership with the Premier League, Football Foundation and Professional Footballers’ Association. The Trust realised that it could tap into young people’s passions – fashion, music, media and sport – to engage them in programmes which would change their lives.

princes trust charityNew initiatives were launched: mentors for teenagers leaving care, a scheme to target young offenders and xl clubs to motivate 15 and 16-year-olds and keep them at school.

In 1999, the various Trust charities were brought together as The Prince’s Trust. This was recognised by HM The Queen at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace where The Trust was granted a Royal Charter.

2016, The Trust launched its new education programme – Achieve, offered to 13 to 19-year-olds. We recognised that not all young people thrive in a tradiitonal education setting, such as a school, so we developed our Achieve programme to provide a flexible approach to learning. The programme can be delivered in a variety of settings such as PRUs, YOIs, colleges and in some locations, in a Prince’s Trust centre.

The Trust acquired a very special birthday present – for its 40th anniversary – in the form of mentoring initiative Mosaic. Mosaic offer accredited mentoring programmes in schools; creating opportunities for 9 to 30-year-olds who are growing up in our most deprived communities.

If you’re interested in taking part in one of the courses or programmes, or know someone who is, take a look at map to find an opportunity near you.


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