We’re proud to partner with The Prince’s Trust to support vulnerable young people to achieve their potential in local communities across the UK.
Since our national charity partnership began in 2016, together we’ve raised over £830k for The Prince’s Trust. Funds support their Achieve Programme, a personal development course aimed to re-engage 13 to 19-year-olds with education.
Throughout September 2020 you donated online and purchased our specially designed notebooks in store. These funds will go on to support young people during this difficult time.
Whether they’re looking to get back into education or generally needing a confidence boost, The Prince’s Trust are on hand to help.
You can read more from people who have benefitted from The Prince's Trust's Achieve Programme below.
“I was adopted young and life was ok until I hit my teens. I got argumentative and was nearly expelled at school. My school then decided to move me to an education support centre where I started on Achieve.
The Prince’s Trust became my safe haven. I got on well with my Achieve Adviser and opened up to her about things I was struggling with from my past. I finally started to enjoy the work. I got my Level 1 Award and even mentored some of the other young people.
Just before my 16th birthday I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The medication and The Prince’s Trust have made a big difference. Thanks to their support, I’ve taken my GCSEs, applied for apprenticeships and, if I have a problem, I talk it through instead of getting angry. Life’s more manageable when you have people around who you can trust.”
“After moving to Stockton and switching schools, I was bullied by my peers for being deaf and having learning difficulties. I could never get away from it. What they did to me made me want to stop going both to the club and to school altogether.
When I went to college, I used a communicator in every class. I was just too embarrassed to use my voice. I then went on The Prince’s Trust Achieve course because I wanted to get more qualifications.
Achieve was great, not just because I liked the work but because it made me feel liked and valued. Sometimes I got to help others, and we had a laugh, which was great for my confidence. I started using my voice more. And now I speak far more than I use sign.
I’m a better communicator and I’m more independent because of Achieve. It gave me the confidence to do a work placement and take control of my life – nothing can stop me. I want to get a job in retail, and I’m trying to get relevant experience that will make my CV stand out to employers.”
“My brothers, sisters and I got split up when we went into foster care because of problems at home. I missed them. I still miss them. And I was sad and frustrated.
I got a taste for Landscape Gardening during The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme. In fact, I managed to get a work placement at a landscape gardening company which has evolved into a Saturday job.
It was a bit of a rocky start for me, but thanks to the encouragement I was given and the variety of skills I learned on Achieve, I’m much happier. I’ve got a 100% school attendance record, an unconditional offer to study Horticulture at college, and a permanent job at the landscaping company once I’ve completed my second year. How good is that?”