HRH The Prince of Wales travelled to Stoke-on-Trent to meet young people who have turned their lives around with help from his charity, The Prince’s Trust.
Taking place on Tuesday 28thNovember, His Royal Highness visited The Prince’s Trust Stoke-on-Trent Centre where he met with staff and partners who help run the programmes as part of a full day of engagements across the City.
One of the young people who had the honour of meeting His Royal Highness was Daniel Ball. After being made redundant for the third time, Daniel’s job coach recommended The Trust’s Enterprise programme to him, which supports young people wanting to set up their own business.
“Before starting the Enterprise programme, I didn’t think it could lead me to where I am now. I had a business idea but, with a really negative credit history, I didn’t think anyone would give me the loan I needed to get started. To have The Prince’s Trust give me training and the chance to pitch my idea to experts, as well as providing me with start-up funds, was amazing. It gave me the chance to prove myself.”
With support from The Trust, Daniel started his business, Chocolate Treasures. The company sells boxes of luxury Belgian chocolates and, in each box, there is a hidden piece of jewellery worth up to £250. Daniel now has big plans to expand the company.
“If I hadn’t received support from the Enterprise programme, I would either be working a job I didn’t like or would be back on Universal Credit. Either way, I would have been unhappy. The Trust enabled me to become self-employed and to shape my own destiny.”
“It was such an honour to meet His Royal Highness. He really listened and wanted to know more about our business, he wished us all the success in the world.”
As part of the visit, His Royal Highness took part in a discussion group with young people from the Trust’s Fairbridge and Team programmes. Fairbridge is an individually tailored personal development programme, aimed at young people who are disengaged, far away from reaching their potential, have chaotic lifestyles and who have not been able to overcome problems in their lives. Team is a 12-week personal development programme aimed at young people who are aged 16 to 25 and who are unemployed.
The event was also attended by celebrated local ceramics manufacturer Emma Bridgewater, who delivered a business masterclass to the young people at the centre.
Michele Farmer, Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said,
“The Prince’s Trust works hard to help young people reach their potential and we have plans to reach even more. We were delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Stoke-on-Trent Centre and heard first-hand from young people whose lives have been transformed by the support they’ve received from The Trust.”