Charlie (20) who undertook the Prince's Trust TEAM Programme in 2012, was honoured with the American Express Breakthrough Award from the Prince’s Trust at its London and South East Celebrate Success Awards, recently hosted at Southampton Football Club. The event celebrated the achievements of disadvantaged young people supported by The Trust who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
''Meeting people more disadvantaged than myself made me realise I didn’t want to ruin my life', said Charlie. 'I developed a focussed work ethic and now my aim is to help others.''
The Argus - 9th December - Brighton woman beating the odds to achieve award
'I’ve had so much trouble finding a job or receiving any job offers so I’m really pleased because I’ve always wanted to work in a customer service environment', said Stacey. 'Being on the Prince’s Trust team programme really helped me to get more confident and learn new skills in areas like team-work, organisation and leadership.'
To see more about Stacey's success: Prince’s Trust brings job success for Stacey - 21st Sep 2012
'Since I've been on Prince's Trust it has helped me out a lot meeting new people. I haven't self harmed and haven't had a moment to think about doing it. Everyone in the team and the team leaders have helped me out a lot even more than the doctors just by saying 'hi' and 'are u okay.' Something so small has changed my life for ever in a bigger way then anyone will ever know.'
''Your team did such a great job at West Park and I intend to write to the Queen for Royal approval to call the trees you planted “Diamond Jubilee Walk”. With the Prince’s Trust planting the trees it just seems so right. Will keep you updated, as the local paper will love to have this feature as a follow on and maybe your team would like to come back for the celebrations if it works out.''
|Letter from a parent|
I do not know how he is getting on with the Course, however, at home, he is a completely different boy unrecognisable from 8 weeks ago. He now appears to have purpose in his life. His whole sleep pattern has changed and even though he still struggles to get up (and often needs a nudge from me although much less so recently) he is in bed and asleep during the week by midnight and even at the weekend he is up and about before midday. Before he started the course he would not sleep until 3 or 4 in the morning and then not get up until 1 or 2 the next day.
He is now regularly going to the gym with friends, more often than not each evening, he is playing 5 a side football and has started to play golf. He is healthier than he has been in 2 years.
His behaviour in the home is that of a completely normal 19 year old, not perfect but well within the bounds. He is now a pleasure to have around and it feels like I have my Son back.
I don't think anybody gave him a chance of staying on the Course for more than a week or two. The fact that he is still there, and the general change in his behaviour has really surprised those that know him.
I would like to thank you personally, for firstly persuading me to speak to him about the Course again, and, for persuading him to give it a go. I am sure he has created a number of challenges for you to deal with, but from my end, it is certainly having the desired effect.
Eight weeks ago, he spent almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in his bedroom either playing on the XBox or watching the television. He could see no way out of it and had no motivation to do anything about it. The only time he spends in his bedroom now is when he is sleeping. He still plays the XBox but this is generally with his younger brother to fill in space between his social events. I really cannot thank you enough for your help and support.
|Letter from a parent|
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the support and encouragement that you gave to my daughter during The Prince’s Trust course. As you may know, like many other kids I’m sure that you see, she came in to the course with worries and issues to deal with. At the end of the course, her confidence and self-belief have grown and, as you may know already, she has been offered a job at The Whitehawk Inn today which is fantastic news.
She spoke incredibly highly of the way you helped her through the last three months. As a parent, that is something I can only begin to thank you for. People like you that support youngsters with insufficient reward and even less recognition deserve all the praise you can get.
|Letter from a parent|
We just wanted to relay to you what a great time our son has had with the trust in Devon, we have never seen him quite so animated when he was telling us what he had been doing, it was a great achievement for him and he seems to have matured overnight.