The Prince's Trust Awards in Manchester
On 2 November 2017 we'll be celebrating in style at the National Football Museum in Manchester for The Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & HomeSense Awards.
Each young person who has been nominated for a Prince's Trust Award has a unique story. Be inspired by our award winners.
- Young Ambassador of the Year
- Enterprise Award
- Rising Star Award
- Community Impact Award
- Breakthrough Award
- Educational Achiever of the Year
The Young Ambassador Award, sponsored by BAE Systems, recognises young people who are exceptional Young Ambassadors for The Trust, these young people volunteer their time to share their personal experiences and inspire others.
"I was born with clubfoot and had many operations to try to correct it. I relied on crutches, which proved irresistible to bullies at school. They’d take them away and chase me to try to break the cast on my foot. I hated how they treated me.
“I moved schools and spent breaks in the drama hall to stop the embarrassment of not having anyone to hang around with.
“I got praised for my music and acting and pursued it for a while.
“After taking a BTEC Level 5 in music I went on Enterprise and launched Little Finn Productions, which empowers young people by offering them the chance to write, act in and produce dramas.
“Being given the opportunity to be a Young Ambassador was daunting, but it was a huge honour and brilliant for networking.
“I've recently had to have my foot amputated so things aren't easy right now. But once again, The Trust has been there for me. I love my business and I love The Trust. Knowing they’re there for me makes me stronger."
The Enterprise Award, sponsored by NatWest, recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or a community or social enterprise.
“I wasn’t the person I wanted to be. I lacked concentration at school, didn’t bother turning up for some of my GCSEs, struggled to hold down a series of unfulfilling jobs and ended up getting into trouble with the police after falling in with the wrong crowd
“Then one day I thought maybe I should be my own boss. So I did an internet search and came across The Prince’s Trust website where I read story after story about people like me who they’d helped.
“I went on Enterprise with little else than thinking I’d like to make a business out of renting zorb balls at events because I’d seen these videos on YouTube of people playing football in them.
“The Trust gave me loads of pointers, made sure I did my market research and helped me write a business plan complete with a list of potential customers and costings. Based on that, they gave me money to start up my zorb football business, Spartacus Bubble Soccer.
“But for me, it was never about the money. It was about getting support to help me move away from my negative lifestyle – and that’s what The Prince’s Trust did.
“I’m 18 months down the line now, and have expanded the business to offer tag archery and employ three members of staff. I’m also planning to use my products to help kids with behavioural problems.”
The Rising Star Award, sponsored by L'Oréal Paris, recognises young people who, despite having faced substantial personal obstacles, are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme.
"I have a rare tissue disorder and rods in my spine which can be painful and limit my mobility. I also have obstructive sleep apnoea, which means I rely on a breathing machine at night. That - and my race - made me an easy target for bullies at school. Those years of my life were just awful.
"People saw my disability, not my potential. So I never had many friends and no-one seemed inclined to employ me, despite my Graphic Design qualification.
"A friend thought Fairbridge would be good for me and although I knew I would struggle because it was activity based, I didn't want my disability to dictate what I could and couldn't do anymore. I wanted to find ways to work around it- and the people at Fairbridge showed me how.
"Life is like a ladder-you've got to work your way from the bottom to the top. You can't be afraid to fall, because you can always climb up again. So after Fairbridge, I went on Team, which was even more challenging and inspiring.
"I left with a qualification, new friends, and a job at at-shirt printing company where I'm now an apprentice.
"I can't express how much happier I am. I'm married, and one day I hope to become an Immigration Officer at Manchester Airport."
The Community Impact Award, sponsored by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, recognises the positive contribution young people make to their local community.
Bury Team 1
Charlie Royle said: “We wanted to do something for everyone so drew up a list of local community groups and schools that would benefit from us rejuvenating the community garden at Bury Community Fire Station.
“It was easy to see how much potential it had, so we asked Incredible Edible – an organisation that helps people grow their own fruit and veg – to help us.”
“We fundraised £700 to buy equipment, soil and seeds and worked through some horrible weather to get the garden looking nice. We even painted this bee wall for the kids and decorated it with some fun facts.
“It took us two weeks to overhaul the garden, and when we’d finished, we held an opening ceremony which was attended by the mayor and some press.
“We had loads of good feedback. Local people use it to sit in or to pick fresh herbs and veg; the NHS bring some of their patients to it; and it’s used for rehabilitation and mindfulness sessions for the elderly, as well as by schools and community groups.
“Doing this garden was a good thing – not just for us in learning how to work as a team, but for everyone in our community. You can’t beat that kind of feeling.”
The Breakthrough Award, sponsored by HSBC, recognises the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.
“After having problems in my life, I went off the rails. I got into fights, left home, and sofa-surfed whenever I could. When I couldn’t, I slept in the park. Sleeping out in a place like that in the winter, it really affects you.
“Dad heard about Team on the radio and said I should go. I needed something positive to focus on, and that’s exactly what Team is.
“I have so many memories from that programme. Even when my mental health declined when I was meant to be on a work placement, The Prince’s Trust helped me through it and made sure I got another chance.
“They even gave me a Development Award when I couldn’t pay for transport to get to my apprenticeship interview. The Prince’s Trust put their neck out for me, and made me believe in myself, and now it’s like I’ve come full circle because I’m a live-in apprentice at the activity centre, making my life a success by helping others!”
The Educational Achiever Award recognises young people who have overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their education prospects.
"Me and my brothers and sisters got split up when we went into foster care because of problems at home. It was good to have stability, but I'd always looked after them and now we'd been separated. I missed them. I still miss them. And I was sad and frustrated.
"I found it hard to trust people and I'd flare up in class. I'd just had enough of being told what to do, and was encouraged to join Achieve.
"The way they teach on Achieve is different to at school. It's more relaxed and there are way more activities. You do things there that you wouldn't normally do and discover you've got talents you never even knew about. And that gives you a kick.
"I got a taste for landscape gardening during Achieve. In fact, I managed to get a work placement at a landscape gardening company which has evolved into a Saturday job!
"It was a bit of a rocky start for me, but thanks to the encouragement I was given and the variety of skills I learned on Achieve, I'm much happier. I've got a 100% school attendance record, an unconditional offer to study Horticulture at college, and a permanent job at the landscaping company once I've completed my second year. How good is that!"
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