A successful partnership between City Bridge Trust and The Prince’s Trust has supported over 5,000 young Londoners to gain the skills and confidence they need to move into jobs, education or training.

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Over the last three years The Prince’s Trust has helped thousands of young people in London to live, learn and earn through £3m of funding from the capital’s largest independent funder, City Bridge Trust.

The funding is part of a 10-year partnership which supports The Prince’s Trust’s main programmes supporting Londoners, all of which provide essential support to young people facing the biggest barriers to education or employment, to move on successfully with their lives and build a brighter future.

The partnership is tackling youth unemployment in the capital, improving social mobility and supporting marginalised young people, such as those who are homeless.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has also enabled The Prince’s Trust’s London programmes to scale up and support more young people than ever.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“The London programmes have had some fantastic results in the last three years, supporting young people from some of the most socially deprived areas in the capital into education and employment. Our funding has also helped many homeless people to find the right support and advice to transform their lives."  

Supporting young people is at the heart of City Bridge Trust’s work. Our work with The Prince’s Trust will benefit thousands more young Londoners in the years to come.

Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust, said:

“The Prince’s Trust works to develop young people’s confidence and skills to live, learn and earn. Together with City Bridge Trust, through a shared vision that every young person should have the chance to succeed, we are supporting young people in London to transform their lives."

“I have been fortunate to meet a number of young people whose life prospects have been turned around as a result of having participated in City Bridge Trust-funded programmes in London.”

A successful partnership between City Bridge Trust and The Prince’s Trust has supported over 5,000 young Londoners to gain the skills and confidence they need to move into jobs, education or training.

Fairbridge, is a Prince’s Trust personal development and skills-building programme, delivered in London at The Prince’s Trust centres in Kennington and Poplar. Through this initiative alone, between 2015 and 2018, over 960 young people came through The Prince’s Trust’s London centres, and 96 personal development programmes were delivered. Some 87% of those young people moved on to further education, training or employment.

The collaboration has enabled The Prince’s Trust’s Get Started programme to extend the breadth and variety of courses delivered. Get Started is a free programme to give young people the skills and tools they need get into work, education or training.

MediaTrust, QPR in the Community and Vauxhall City Farm have all delivered programmes as new partners and contributed to a 68% increase in young people supported between 2015 and 2018.

Rida Amir, 21, with the help of City Bridge Trust funding, took part in Get Started with Animal Care, with Vauxhall City Farm.

“When I came to The Prince’s Trust, I had been out of education for several years and my mental health issues had become a barrier to getting into work. I had tried different career routes, but ended up feeling more confused and unsure of what the future held for me."

“I’d always loved animals but didn’t know where to start with pursuing a relevant career. After applying to pet stores and getting knocked back, I heard that The Prince’s Trust were running a Get Started with Animal Care programme in partnership with Vauxhall City Farm and immediately signed up."

I gained more from the five-day Get Started course than I expected. As well as knowledge of caring for animals and running a working farm, I learned how to build my confidence and set realistic goals.

“In September 2017, I enrolled on a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Capel Manor College and continue to volunteer at Vauxhall City Farm. No-one is alone if they are going through the same problems I had. The Prince’s Trust mentors staff are the most genuine, proactive and lovely people you'll ever meet. The level of support and the work that goes into delivering the courses is fantastic.”

City Bridge Trust funding will continue to provide the essential underpinning of the vital life-changing work which The Prince’s Trust undertakes in London.