Food for Thought

Living Parallel Lives: how to make a difference with The Princes Trust

Almost all of us will have been fortunate growing up. We had family to support us through difficult times, give us the financial support we needed to get through school and further education, provide shelter and meet our basic needs. Have you ever thought how different our lives would be if we didn’t have those basic needs met? If we, as a young person or adult, had to find other ways to make ends meet, to support ourselves? Some of you might have already, or still are, experiencing this: homelessness, mental health issues, abuse.

It’s not an easy life, but with over 40 years under their belt, The Princes Trust have a strong message to spread. The charity wants raise awareness on hardship people go through and that they’re here to support them with their latest campaign, Parallel Lives.

Building confidence isn’t an easy feat, especially if you’ve had a few knocks in life. Having mental health issues lowers your self confidence and can often make the individual feel ‘less than’ (see my previous post on battling depression here). Imagine having to deal with this, homelessness and the law. When faced with so many hurdles, it can be quite difficult to feel like you’re ever going to achieve something great, that you will eventually be able to make those dreams and goals a reality. It takes supportive individuals who can give you the emotional and mental support as well as practical help to bring a person out of the hole they feel like they’re in. Young people in, or leaving, care sometimes find it difficult to overcome barriers and hurdles impeding their way to success, but the charity is there to help them on this journey.

The Princes Trust provides free programmes to give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives, to help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation. Last year, the charity supported over 56,000 young people get into jobs, education and training!

How does this affect you?

The charity can’t do the work without the support of the public. By raising awareness, funds and becoming volunteers, every person’s contributions help make a difference to a young person or adult’s life. We all know that it takes one person to motivate, but it takes an army to make change. The charity relies on the generosity of donors and the results of their efforts, providing direct support to 13 to 30 year olds, and the hard work of volunteers and funraisers means that 77% of the young people who have attended a Prince’s Trust course or programme go into jobs, education or training.

If you’d like to support the work of The Princes Trust, you can find out about fundraising events here or simply donate here.


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