His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited The Prince’s Trust Cheryl’s Trust Centre in Newcastle on 9th November 2021 to meet with young people who are being supported to develop their confidence and skills for work.

HRH The Prince of Wales was joined by Cheryl, one of our longstanding Celebrity Ambassadors, as he met young people, staff and supporters.

One of the young people they met is Dan Hannigan, who has just completed Team, our 12-week personal development programme run in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation.

Dan said: “Before I started Team, I wasn’t even able to travel independently. I’ve gained confidence, work experience and teamworking skills.

Seeing The Prince’s Trust Team leaders deliver the programme has inspired me to go into youth work myself, and I’ve never had that career direction in my life before.”

During the visit, HRH The Prince of Wales also met with young people participating in Explore, which provides one-to-one support and group activities for young people who need support to bring more structure and stability into their lives. He observed a session in which the young people were baking and was invited to help with icing a cupcake.

HRH The Prince of Wales also met young people who had taken part in a Get into Retail course with Marks & Spencer, as well as young people from a Get Started with Vlogging course, which teaches participants how to create vlogs and blogs with the support of industry professionals.

Cheryl said: “It was incredibly inspiring to meet young people in Newcastle today and hear how transformational The Prince’s Trust’s support has been for them.

It really does show how important it is that young people have access to this help so they can build their confidence and skills. That’s why I’m so passionate about working with The Prince’s Trust and helping young people succeed.”

The Centre was officially opened by Cheryl in 2018 after the singer raised £1 million towards it through her own charitable foundation, ‘Cheryl’s Trust’. The Centre supports unemployed young people across the North East of England and yesterday’s visit is the first time that HRH The Prince of Wales and Cheryl have attended it together.

Jonathan Townsend, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “It has been wonderful to have both His Royal Highness and Cheryl here with us today and to hear directly from young people about how The Trust has helped them to turn their lives around. Since the Centre opened in 2018, we’ve helped thousands of young people in the North East to succeed in education, get ready for work, find jobs and start businesses. It’s always incredibly rewarding to see some of those life changing programmes in action.”