HRH The Prince of Wales today met young people who are turning their lives around with our support. The visit was part of a series of engagements HRH is undertaking in celebration of Wales past and present.
The Prince visited the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (CBMRT) centre in Dowlais to meet young people taking part in our Team programme.
HRH was joined by Phil Jones, Director for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, for a tour of the CBMRT centre, where the young people demonstrating different aspects of Team. His Royal Highness met young people tackling a climbing wall, a group demonstrating first-aid skills and spoke to individuals who have secured work after completing the programme.
We work in partnership with local charity and training provider Tydfil Training to deliver the programme in the area, and are continuing to grow the scheme, with over 230 unemployed young people expected to take part this year.
One group of young people recently involved in the programme renovated and decorated the interior of the CBMRT centre for their community project, completing fundraising activities to buy the materials they required. Members of the Central Mountain Rescue Team also help the young people on the programme to develop confidence and new skills, taking them on adventure activity days on Pen Y Fan and teaching them about first-aid and the environment.
During the visit, HRH heard from several young people, including some of those who had helped to renovate the centre. They included 19-year-old Jordan Chinnock, from Pentrebach who, for years, had suffered from severe depression. Jordan rarely socialised with her peers and at times, she struggled to leave the house. This left her introverted, unhappy and lacking self-esteem.
Jordan was very nervous at the start of Team but with support and guidance she began to feel her confidence return. By the end of the course Jordan had greatly enhanced her communication and teamwork skills and felt positive about her future. She has gone on to secure full-time employment at Frankie & Benny’s Italian-American restaurant and hopes to start an apprenticeship before long.
Director of The Prince’s Trust Cymru Phil Jones said, “Our Team programme in Merthyr Tydfil is a great example of different organisations working together to support local young people to move forward in their lives.
Paul Gray, CEO Tydfil Training said, “Tydfil Training prides itself in providing a local service for local people across Merthyr Tydfil. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to deliver a wide range of programmes, including those run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. It was a pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness to see how some of our learners have been supported by his charity to improve their own lives and make a positive difference in their community.”
Across the UK, more than 187,000 young people have participated in Team since the programme was established over 25 years ago. Research conducted by The Trust in 2015 revealed that every £1 invested in Team generates £2.99 in social value.