Rotary D1170 Conference 2013 - Princes Trust
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  • Hello and thank you for allowing me some of your time today.My name is Lea Kennedy and I have been working for the Princes Trust for 4 years now.I would like to share my story with you.
  • When I was younger I faced many of the issues that young people today face. I left home at 16 and became a teenage mum in an abusive relationship. I became homeless, I lost my job and developed an addiction, and I lost care of my son and went through some dark times.With the support of my family and rehab I got myself clean but I was still lost in life and did not know who I was, what I was about or what I wanted to do. This is where my journey with the Princes Trust begins.I see an advert in the newspaper for the Princes Trust TEAM programme and applied. I remember going to the interview with Steve as he was team leader and I told him my past and didn’t judge me. Steve was always there for me and always encouraged me to do better. This is also where I met Cheryl. Cheryl was another team leader with a very similar story to mine. She had been on TEAM and turned her life around. Although I was not on her team Cheryl was so supportive to me. She was living proof that the programme had worked. The TEAM programme was a great experience of my life and I have not looked back since. Steve and Cheryl believed in me so much so that I believed in myself and got full time employment as a waitress straight after the programme. I was employed for just over 1yr and during this time was put forward for and awarded the following awards:South West Skills – Learning Against the OddsPlymouth City College Princes Trust Award for AchievementPrinces Trust South West Young Achiever of the Year Finalist 
  • In 2007, whilst employed, I had the opportunity to move to and work in Cyprus which I took. I experienced a different life and culture but returned just under 1 yr. later. I had a lot of time to reflect on my trip and upon my return I contacted the college for support and guidance. Steve and Cheryl and my TEAM experience had completely inspired me and I knew that is what I wanted to do. They arranged it so I volunteered on Cheryl’s next TEAM programme to help start gaining experience. Cheryl who was always informing me of opportunities suggested I apply to become a volunteer Youth Worker at the Zone. She helped me with my application and I was successful. I spent over 2 yrs. volunteering and completed an ASDAN in Community Volunteering and was a trained Sexual Health advisor. I was always motivated in developing myself and my skills and was successful in gaining full time employment as a support worker supporting people with mental health issues. I went for jobs that would give me the experience i needed to evidence my capability as I was unsuccessful at getting the qualifications i needed to go to university.I stayed in touch with the Princes Trust and although I was already employed I still continued to pursue other opportunities to become a youth worker. I decided to write to the Princes Trust and again was supported and encouraged to do so. They got back in touch and advised that I apply for a position. I applied and I was successful!!!!!I have been working for the Trust for as Programme Executive and now I have progressed onto becoming a Referral Development Executive. I feel so lucky and ABSOULTY love what I do. I have to pinch myself every day before I go to work as I am in my dream job. Over my journey I have had fun, grown in confidence, made great friends and made a career for myself and the Princes Trust has been there throughout it all. They are like a little family there and so they are like my proud parents.The point I have to make here is that I truly believe that if it was not for the support I received from the Princes Trust I would not be in position I am in today.
  • Established in 1976, Prince’s Trust is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UKWe work and support 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.
  • We provide practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivationThe Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
  • Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each dayIn the year ahead, The Trust aims to support 58,000 vulnerable young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence to find a job
  • We run a number of programmes across the Southwest.In terms of the Devon area the key programmes we run are:XL - xl clubs are aimed at young people aged 13-19 at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school.
  • Get Started – This may well be where a young person starts their journey with the Prince’s Trust. These short, one week courses, are aimed at young people looking meet new people and build their confidence and motivation. We run these are areas such as sport, music or the creative arts.
  • Get Into – These courses are typically around 2 weeks and are specifically for those young people who are work ready – they may have reached this point by undertaking the previously mentioned programmes. These courses are in areas such as construction, cooking and customer service. The aim is to equip the young people with industry specific skills and qualifications, such as the CSCS card, provide them with work experience hopefully leading to employment opportunities.
  • Team – Team is much more in depth and takes the young people through a 12 week programme helping to them to develop a range of skills enabling them to move forward in life. They will get support with job-hunting, CV writing, work experience, running a community project and engaging in a wide range of team building activities. Through this programme they will also be able to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Enterprise programme helps find out if self-employment is right for you. Explore & test your business idea. Get help writing business plan, apply for business start up support. Work with a business mentor to support develop skills.
  • Development Awards – These are small cash grants aimed at supporting young people into employment, education or training. For example they could be used for course fees or a suit for a job interview.
  • And also our Young Ambassadors scheme where young people who have been on a Princes Trust programme will have the opportunity through training to help raise awareness, influence decision making and run focus groups with young people.
  • They are our programme. So continuing the theme of inspiring tomorrows world I would like to introduce to you Keiren Hobday. Keiren was a typical Princes Trust young person who would like to share his story with you.Case Study: Kieren Hobday Kieren Hobday, 18 from Plymouth, had been unemployed for 18 months when he came to The Prince’s Trust for help.Having moved into supported housing at the age of 16, I left school with few GCSEs and didn’t know what to do next. I applied for many jobs but because of his lack of qualifications or experience held me back.“I started to give up hope of ever finding work,” “I was competing with people who had a lot more experience than me and I felt like I didn’t stand a chance.”As time went on, I became increasingly frustrated. “I had nothing to do in the day and felt that I wasn’t getting anywhere in life,”.However, I was desperate to get back to work and jumped at the chance to join a vocational training course run by youth charity The Prince’s Trust and UPP, which provides campus accommodation at Plymouth University.I started the two-week course, called Get into Facilities Management, in March this year. As part of the course, I completed work experience with UPP’s Residential Services team and gained qualifications in Health and Safety, Customer Service, Cleaning and First Aid.UPP were so impressed with me that they offered him a job as a trainee cleaner after the course. I hope to stay with the company and am keen to take every opportunity to develop my skills and experience further. I have since been promoted to “Like most young people, I really wanted to work but few companies were willing to take me on. It’s great that UPP are working with“Everyone at UPP has been so supportive and I’m learning a lot from the other people on my team. Having a job means everything to me and makes me feel a lot more confident about my future.”
  • Hello and thank you for allowing me some of your time today.My name is Lea Kennedy and I have been working for the Princes Trust for 4 years now.I would like to share my story with you.

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  • 1. Inspiring young lives
  • 2. THE PRINCE’S Trust saved my life. I’d be in prison now or hanging around with the wrong crowd if it wasn’t for the people there. Life is so much better now. - Lewis Chandler
  • 3. THE PRINCE’S TRUST HAS TURNED MY LIFE AROUND. I AM COMMITTED TO SHOWING YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN GET HELP JUST LIKE ME. - NAOMI SPENCER
  • 4. VISION Every young person should have the chance to succeed
  • 5. MISSION To help disadvantaged young people in the UK to change their lives and get into employment, education or training
  • 6. We support 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion
  • 7. A personal development programme aimed at young people aged 13-19 at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school
  • 8. Short courses that engage and develop young people through sports or the arts
  • 9. Short courses that develop young people’s skills in a specific sector and support them into jobs
  • 10. A 12-week programme of personal development training
  • 11. Support and funding to help young people explore and test their ideas, write plans and start their own business
  • 12. Cash awards of up to £500 to help young people access education, training or employment
  • 13. Empowering young people as advocates, role models and leaders in their community
  • 14. THE PRINCE’S TRUST STAFF ARE SO SUPPORTIVE, HAN DS ON AND DEDICATED. THEY SAW SOMETHING IN ME I NEVER KNEW I HAD. - ASLEIGH MURRAY
  • 15. Inspiring young lives