The Prince's Trust
A successful partnership between Help for Heroes and The Princes’ Trust has been up and running since September 2010. In total, Help for Heroes has committed £1,032,846 to enable wounded, injured and sick tri-Service personnel and veterans to participate in fully funded and bespoke secondments with The Prince’s Trust Team programme.
Each year around 30 individuals complete a secondment on the Team programme or take up another development opportunity with The Prince’s Trust thanks to this funding.
Opportunities are open both to individuals who are soon to be medically discharged from service and to Veterans.
Team is a 12-week personal development course that supports and inspires unemployed and disadvantaged 16 to 24 year olds. The 12 weeks include:
A residential activity week
Work on community projects
A team challenge that involves caring for others
A team presentation in which Team members recount their experiences
Secondees on Team gain a massive boost in skills and confidence. A recent survey of all Team secondees (not just injured, wounded and sick personnel) showed:
Skills that are developed include leadership, communication and problem-solving through a variety of practical team building activities which also benefit the local community.
For Veteran Chris Emptage the course was a lifeline; “I’ve always felt a sense of duty to others so I jumped at the chance for a fresh start working with vulnerable young people in need of support. It’s really helped me towards overcoming my past"
You can read more about how our partnership supported Chris at: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help/hero-stories/
For more information on The Prince's Trust Team Programme, visit their website at: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support_us/partnerships/help_for_heroes.aspx