Dylan England is our National Homesense Young Achiever of the Year 2019. The award recognises the success of young people getting into employment, training or education and overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives.
"Growing up I was abused and this had an enormous impact on me and my mental health. I thought everything was my fault, but when I saw the same cycle of abuse starting over with other children, I knew I had to do something, so I reported it to the police and gave evidence in court.
"It was an incredibly difficult time in my life. I felt completely isolated and at my lowest point. I still had to go to school and do my GCSEs, but inside I wanted to die and tried to take my own life.
"I had heard of The Prince’s Trust so approached them to see how they could help me and I ended up on the Team, which is a 12-week programme to support unemployed young people gain confidence and skills.
"I was nervous to begin with but it didn’t take long for me to feel completely at ease as my confidence soared during the programme.
"I am so grateful to The Prince's Trust for helping me get here; I am loving the journey I am on."
- Louise Greenlees, President, TJX Europe