HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits The Prince's Trust
Young people turning their lives around with
The Prince's Trust in Grimsby today met with HRH The Duchess of
Cambridge, on her first ever visit to a Trust programme.
The Duchess was visiting Grimsby’s Peaks Lane Fire Station to
meet young people from The Prince's Trust Team programme delivered in partnership with
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
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Unemployment hotspot Grimsby has one of the highest levels of
youth joblessness in the country, with around one in three young
people struggling to find a job.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust,
We’ve been delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess
of Cambridge to Grimsby and show her the vital work The Prince’s
Trust does with disadvantaged young people.
She continued, "Grimsby has one of the highest youth
unemployment rates in the UK, so we’re working hard here to give
young people the skills and confidence to find jobs."
As well as meeting with the young people, The
Duchess was also introduced to the fire crews working at the
station and shown the station’s fleet of fire engines.
Current Prince's Trust Team member, Darren Field, 20, who met The Duchess today,
"Being made redundant not once but twice left me at one of the
lowest points in my life and I struggled to pick myself up after
"Team has helped me so much already so it was great to show The
Duchess just what it does for young people. Things like this don’t
happen every day in Grimsby so it was very exciting and we were all
very proud to be representing The Prince’s Trust."
The Trust’s Team programme is a
12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to
25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a
job. The Duchess was also able to meet past members of the Team
programme who have now turned their lives around and found
Past Team member, Matthew Pettiford,
24, of Grimsby, said:
Team helped me to refocus and gave me
invaluable support to get my life back on track. Getting to meet
The Duchess has been a huge honour and I was very proud to be
representing past Grimsby Team programme members.
Jamie Morris, Prince’s Trust Team Leader of Humberside Fire and
Rescue Service, said:
"This has been a huge boost for our young people today and it
was great to show The Duchess some of the things that we have been
working on to enhance their skills, confidence and employability.
The Team programme has been run from Grimsby Fire Station since
2011 and has helped 65 young people from around the region in that
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been working in
partnership with The Prince’s Trust providing inspirational
leadership and guidance to help young people in Grimsby since
September 2011. The Trust’s Team programme is run in partnership
with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the
Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a
community project and a work experience placement over the course
of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing
skills. As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and
social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community,
undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local
parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.
The Grimsby Team programme is also funded through a partnership
with Grimsby Institute which provides support for young people to
gain The Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork &
- The Prince of Trust in Yorkshire and The Humber supported
4,800 young people last year.