Prince's Trust Volunteer Steve Brandon

During his career Steve has worked with clients across a variety of industries, specialising in improving the efficiency of business operations. He had his initial introduction to The Trust's work through the Worcestershire Volunteer Fundraising Group.

Steve quickly took on additional roles as a member of the Enterprise Business Launch Group panel, and as a Business Mentor.  His first clients ran a domiciliary care company and it was a proud day for Steve when they won the award for Business of the Year at the West Midlands Celebrate Success Awards – quite an introduction to mentoring! 

Steve has since mentored many young people in a variety of businesses including dance companies, creative writing and painting & decorating.

Steve currently chairs the Business Launch Groups in Hereford & Worcestershire and contributes to the groups in Birmingham and the Black Country.  He also assists in delivering the four-day Explore Enterprise course. 

Last year Steve was appointed as the volunteer representative on the National Volunteering and Secondments Development Group. The group provides guidance to the national team in delivering their vision of putting volunteers and secondees at the heart of The Trust, to ensure that all volunteers are effectively engaged, recognised and supported to provide the right help for young people.

Steve continues to mentor young people on the Enterprise programme and sees this as the keystone of his volunteering within The Trust, and the most rewarding part of his work. 

Steve says:

I think it is important to emphasise that I see my mentoring role as very much a two-way relationship and I know that I get as much or more from my meetings with the young people as they get from any guidance and advice I provide.  I am proud to be a small part of The Prince’s Trust in its 40th year and intend to continue to support its great work for the foreseeable future.