HRH The Prince of Wales travelled to Rotherham last week to meet young people who have turned their lives around with our support. His Royal Highness visited Dearne Community Fire Station, where we partner with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to deliver the Team programme to local young people.
One of the young people who had the honour of meeting His Royal Highness was Dominic Loftus. Dominic, 18, from Bradford, had been diagnosed as clinically deaf until the age of five, when a life-changing operation restored his hearing.
He struggled to fit in at secondary school too, and ended up in an abusive relationship which, along with troubles at home, significantly impacted his mental wellbeing.
Almost immediately after he was discharged from hospital, Dominic joined Team, a 12-week personal development course that develops the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people.
"It was exciting. I was a fish in new water and loved everything about it. Team made me see life differently. I made friends and found the strength to take back control of my life."
As part of the visit, His Royal Highness met young people currently on the Team programme, took part in a discussion group with former course members and witnessed a role play scenario carried out by Team youngsters with the help of fire station staff.
Clare Crabb, North Regional Director at The Prince’s Trust, said: