The Princes Trust
The Princes Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical
and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as
confidence and motivation. As well as being known for assisting people
aged up to 30 get a helping hand to start a business, it also works
with 14 to 30 year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in
care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
Lucy and Amy, from Harrogate, have all been homeless in the past and
lived in foundation supported accommodation (accommodation for homeless
young people). ‘We approached The Prince's Trust for a community cash
award as we knew how difficult it is to move into supported
accommodation with no possessions or friends.
We wanted to helpe young homeless people and give them the support they
need,’ commented Lucy. The Prince's Trust awarded the team £2,000,
allowing them to provide 100 welcome packs for new tenants at
Foundation Housing which included essentials such as toiletries,
cleaning products and a £5 ASDA voucher.
The team also put together useful information packs with important
local contact details in. ‘We felt very strongly that to be able to
clean round your new flat makes it feel like your own home,’ says Lucy.
‘These basic products are things that young people cannot afford when
they move in as any spare money goes on food and the electric meter. We
have also set up a “Buddy” scheme so a new tenant has someone they can
turn to and won’t feel so lonely.'
‘The project will have an enormous impact on the young people, many who
have been living on the streets and have nothing. The project is
special because it is organised and provided by their peers who
understand just what the new tenants are going through,’ Commented Pat
Kydd project advisor.
‘We have all been long term unemployed due to past depression and
illness and feel this project will give us focus and help us to kick
start our lives and others,’ says Lucy.
Find out how The Trust can help you or for further information about
The Prince’s Trust contact 0800 842 842 or visit