The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been launched at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield.
“In 2011, 2,467 young people went on an Access course. Most were classed as having ‘multiple needs’, such as homelessness, substance misuse or a history of offending. Eighty-five per cent of those who finished the programme went on to take positive steps or outcomes such as education, employment or volunteering."
Princes Trust Partner Delivery Manager James Hettihewa-Young
Ten pupils from schools in Stafford and Lichfield have enrolled on the programme which runs from January 11 until February 12.
The young people, aged 14-16, will be taking part in group activities and workshops and will also receive one-to-one support.
The aim of the personal development programme is to help the pupils to develop the key life skills and confidence needed to move forward.
Starting with a five-day ‘Access’ course, the pupils will get the chance to take part in a range of exciting activities including sports, drama, photography and cooking.
Workshops include a trip to Stoke City Football Club, Roaming Robots workshops, intergenerational work, a graffiti project and healthy eating, cooking and lifestyle.
Princes Trust Partner Delivery Manager James Hettihewa-Young said: “In 2011, 2,467 young people went on an Access course. Most were classed as having ‘multiple needs’, such as homelessness, substance misuse or a history of offending. Eighty-five per cent of those who finished the programme went on to take positive steps or outcomes such as education, employment or volunteering.
“The programme helps marginalised and disengaged young people who have faced or are facing a range of issues and barriers in their lives. It empowers them through positive opportunities and experiences and helps them re-engage with society.”
About The Prince’s Trust:
The Prince’s Trust recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ‘Team’ programme with a national campaign supported by Barclays.
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 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 Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The 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 800,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk / 0800 842 842 / facebook.com/princestrust / Twitter: @PrincesTrust