On 17 December 2019 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales opened the new Prince’s Trust South London centre in Southwark, to support young Londoners.
The Prince’s Trust Founder and President met with young people, supporters and staff to hear about The Trust’s commitment to growing its work in London and the specific challenges facing young Londoners today.
Emmanuel Balogun, Entrepreneur and Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador said: “Growing up in South London, I knew too many young people struggling to stay on a positive path in an environment that felt unsupportive and unstable.”
This centre, designed by young people, for young people across London, is an amazing space for young people to come to gain confidence, skills and motivation for their future.
Located in a borough with some of the highest rates of violent crime in London, the new centre will provide a secure, accessible space for young people seeking support, training, employment, and a safe environment to socialise with friends.
Young people showcased activities and courses that the centre will offer, as well as the facilities available for young people across the capital.
The Prince met young people taking part in a variety of sessions, such as a demonstration with former soldier and TV presenter Ant Middleton at the centre’s climbing wall, a Mixed Marshal Arts workshop, as well as a group who had taken part in a drama workshop facilitated by ‘Top Boy’ actor Ashley Walters.
Ashley Walters, actor said:
“It was an honour to see the opening of the new Prince’s Trust South London centre. I grew up in Southwark myself and know the importance of having spaces like this open for young people. “I have made mistakes in my past so I am really pleased to be able to work with The Trust, in a community that I know, to share my own story and engage with young people who need guiding in the right way.”
Prince’s Trust young people and supporters involved in The Trust’s response to youth violence, including comedian and YouTuber Humza Arshad, discussed with His Royal Highness the work The Trust is doing to support those most at risk of violence.
Dame Martina Milburn, Group Chief Executive of The Prince Trust said:
“Now more than ever, young people need spaces that can support them to thrive. This inspirational and innovative new centre offers a safe space for those who need it most. We are committed to working with local partners in London to support young people across the capital, listening and responding to the unique experiences faced by young Londoners.”
The Prince’s Trust South London Centre will underpin The Trust’s ambitious plans to reach more young people across London than ever before, helped by a generous donation from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.