On Thursday 8th February 2018, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended His Trust’s annual Invest in Futures pre-dinner reception at St James’s Palace.
The event was supported by L’Oréal Paris. His Royal Highness joined close supporters of the UK’s leading youth charity and “All Worth It” ambassadors, including Dame Helen Mirren, Cheryl and Katie Piper for the drinks reception. Guests then left St James’s Palace and boarded the 1920s carriages of Belmond British Pullman luxury day train, operated by Belmond and sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Entertainment was provided by award-winning soul star Beverley Knight MBE.
The three-year collaboration between The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris aims to help thousands of young people across the UK turn self-doubt into self-worth through the “All Worth It” confidence training programme. The programme, which comprises four modules, addresses issues such as body language, communication, employability and relationships.
Rosie Smith Wildey, 19, from London, is one of the young people who has completed the “All Worth It” programme. Rosie became ill while she was studying at sixth form, which had a negative impact on her mental health. Suffering with depression and anxiety, she was later diagnosed with psychosis.
Being on the programme was so refreshing – everyone was so kind and welcoming to each other, it was totally different to anything I’d experienced.
"I honestly cannot put into words how much of a transformation I have gone through. My family and friends say I am a totally different person to this time last year, and I’m ready to put myself out there and apply for jobs. Before, I wouldn’t even want to leave the house, and now I’m making plans to travel on my own around the country."
Rosie is currently looking forward to the future and wants to remain involved with The Prince’s Trust in any way possible. Her goal is to continue writing her book, find work in a bookshop and travel by herself to Scotland to visit friends.
Dame Helen Mirren said: “Like many people I also experience moments of self-doubt. I always say building your self-confidence is a journey. It does not happen overnight. What The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris are collaborating on is essential work: they are helping young people begin this journey. The transformation I have seen in so many young lives over the years with the help of The Prince’s Trust and now L’Oréal Paris is quite extraordinary. I am so proud to support this great initiative.”
Nick Stace, CEO of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Invest in Futures is an important event in The Prince’s Trust calendar, where supporters, be they corporates or individuals, come together to give generously to The Trust. We want to thank each and every one of them for their support, which has helped, and continues to help, thousands of young people build their confidence and skills to live, learn and earn. That is exactly what we have been doing with L’Oréal Paris over the last year. I want to thank L’Oréal Paris for their unwavering commitment to helping us build young people’s confidence and I look forward to the “All Worth It” programme becoming available on Prince’s Trust Online.”
Adrien Koskas, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris, commented: