JobCentrePlus (JCP) and The Prince’s Trust 

Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is an incredibly important referral partner for The Prince's Trust. The partnership is vital in ensuring that young unemployed people can access our programmes and retain their benefits whilst on our programmes. JCP operates in England, Scotland and Wales.

The partnership:

  • Promotes The Prince’s Trust as a positive referral option for the JCP advisors who want to move their clients from a position of claiming benefits into work or education.
  • Makes it possible for young people to continue receiving their out-of-work benefits whilst on our programmes, thereby making our programmes a financially viable option for young people.
  • Minimises the amount of interruption from JCP for young people whilst on programmes, by allowing JCP advisers to use alternative arrangements for signing on appointments.

Managing the relationship with JCP

Delivery Partners will want to establish relationships with their local JCP offices. If you have a great relationship with your local JCP or you are looking to create one, let your Programme Executive know as they may be able to support you with this relationship with the support of our Outreach teams.

If a problem occurs whilst a young person is on a programme relating to their benefits then the Programme Executive should raise the issue directly with the young person's JCP Advisor.  If the problem is unresolved then the Programme Executive should feed this back to the outreach team, who can contact the JCP relationship manager if necessary.

Please refer to this Q&A document (pdf, 391kb)for more information.

Documents

Need help?

If your Team members are having issues, talk to your local Prince's Trust member of staff who will have your local area agreement.

Access Fund 

A specially-designed fund to remove barriers otherwise preventing young people participating on our programmes.

What is it?

A small central fund to help young people who could not otherwise attend a Prince’s Trust programme due to barriers resulting from having a protected characteristic*. Staff apply on behalf of the young person for funding of up to £500.

How do I apply?  

  • Read the Awarding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria
  • Check whether there are other funds available (such as programme support costs or external grants)
  • Get approval from your line manager
  • Fill out the  and attach evidence that demonstrates that you have looked for other funds. Ensure the application is signed/supported by your line manager
  • Send to you Team Executive who will send it onto the appropriate person in the  National OAO team, for processing

Please allow up to 3 weeks for your application to be reviewed and be aware that funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed

Eligibility Criteria 

Access Funds can only be allocated to young people who have one or more of the protected characteristics under the 2010 Equality Act. These are:

  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Religion/Belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Maternity/Pregnancy
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership
  • Gender reassignment 

Awarding guidelines

Potentially be awarded

Interpretation & translation (for example, BSL interpreters) Please note: the access fund  may cover one-off occurrences 
Provision of programme materials into an alternative format For example, translation into easy-read to help young people with learning difficulties
Separate accommodation For example, for a young person who for cultural reasons is unable to stay in shared accommodation and who therefore could not otherwise attend a residential
Support worker Ideally the young person will have a personal social care budget for this but the access fund may cover one-off costs
Travel costs for a support worker

Cannot be awarded 

Childcare costs These are already budgeted for within regional/country budgets.
Travel costs for the young person These are already budgeted for within regional/country budgets.
Food costs These are already budgeted for within regional/country budgets.
Clothing
Computer equipment
Disability equipment e.g. a wheelchair This should be funded through the young person’s social care or medical providers
Accessibility adjustments to buildings Any requests for accessibility adjustments should be raised with your Head of Programme Support/Health & Safety Team
Volunteering expenses Should be met through The Trust’s volunteers budget

Frequently Asked Questions

How much funding can I apply for?

Staff can apply on behalf of the young person for funding up to a maximum of £500. Any amount greater than this is unlikely to be successful but will be reviewed by the Programmes and Development team on a case-by-base basis.

Can the National OAO team organise the reasonable adjustment?

No. However, we can provide guidance on organisations that may be able to help.

Why is the limit for funding quite small?

This currently only has a small budget as it is intended to be a last resort if all other funding options have been exhausted. If demand increases, we will work with the Fundraising team to identify whether we can get more funding from a partner to support this.

How can I ensure that my programme is accessible to young people with diverse needs?

All programmes should hold a small budget as matter of course to cover any accessibility issues. When thinking about future programmes, work with your fundraisers to ensure that they include some budget for this.

How is this different from Development Awards?

Generally, Development Awards should be used to support young people into a positive outcome (employment, education, training, volunteering).

Young people cannot receive a Development Award while participating in another Prince’s Trust programme i.e. the cheque paid date needs to be after the end date of the last programme they were on. Exceptions can be discussed with the programme manager.

Resources

Some useful resources to support young people's participation:

  • Guidelines (pdf, 64kb) and a Summary (pdf, 48kb) are available from the World Blind Union on how to make the use of PowerPoint and other visual presentations accessible to audience members who have a vision or print impairment