Youth charity plans to transform 600 young lives this year

SUPPORT: Rebecca Brown and her Pacey Pooches team.
SUPPORT: Rebecca Brown and her Pacey Pooches team.

For more than 15 years, The Prince’s Trust has been helping Pennine Lancashire’s most disadvantaged young people transform their lives.

This month sees the opening of a brand new Prince’s Trust centre at Sandygate Mill in Burnley.

The new building will now allow the youth charity to focus its activity in the area and provide a better quality of support for disadvantaged young people across Pennine Lancashire, delivering a variety of programmes designed to help them into jobs.

Jonathan Townsend, regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England, said: “The numbers of young people in Lancashire who are long-term unemployed remains stubbornly high at 1,1551. It is these young people – who are furthest from the labour market – who need our support the most. The new centre will allow us to provide a hub in the area for young people to help them overcome barriers to employment and gain the confidence and skills they need to find work.”

The Prince’s Trust will open the new centre to the public at a community open day on Thursday, September 11th.

Jonathan said: “This is the first time we have been able to deliver all of our programmes to the area in such a fantastic facility for our young people. It should be a great day and we look forward to showing visitors just how fantastic the new centre is.”

The centre will be open on Thursday from 3pm to 5pm, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet the staff and also young people who are currently being supported by the Trust to see what could be on offer for them or any young person.

The day will also provide an opportunity to explore the exciting activities available and the various programmes that are organised through The Prince’s Trust. For further information please get in touch on general.northwest@princes-trust.org.uk.

The Trust will run a variety of programmes at the centre, helping 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to turn their lives around and move into work, education or training. The Trust is aiming to support 600 young people at the new centre this year.

One young person who has been supported by The Trust is Rebecca Brown (25), from Burnley, who struggled to find work after she failed to get the right qualifications for her dream career.

She went from being unemployed to owning her own successful business with help from the Enterprise programme, which aims to support disadvantaged young people into business. Pacey Pooches provides a range of services to pet owners including dog walking and pet sitting for a variety of animals.

A talented footballer, Rebecca then suffered a serious injury to her pelvis just as she was setting up. Undeterred, she continued working on the business to keep it afloat and pay for private treatment to speed up her recovery.

Rebecca said: “I am delighted that The Prince’s Trust has enabled me to run a successful business based around my passion for animals.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.