South region - Southampton & Plymouth news
From Simon Hyett's young person success story to Business Mentor, Caroline Humphries' fundraising triumph at this year's Palace to Palace, catch up with the latest news in Southampton and Plymouth.
Simon Hyett - Enterprise programme graduate
One of our young people from the Enterprise programme has gone from strength to strength.
Simon’s story is very moving and he has travelled all over with The Trust, talking to partners and sponsors.
Last month Simon was invited to Holland by SuperDry and says he gained a lot from the experience.
The news that the Enterprise programme would no longer run in Hampshire was met with dismay by staff and volunteers alike. But that didn’t stop a group of enterprising mentors lending their support to young people.
A number of Prince’s Trust business mentors expressed an interest in continuing to support young people with progression, and in September we held a refresher training session with them. The word got around, and since then we have converted and matched 10 business mentors with young people in need of progression mentoring.
As well as this, we have four Business Mentors all booked in to visit a local Team programme during Week 9 and talk about the benefits of having a mentor.
Other volunteers have been encouraged to run workshops - with seven sessions already held, and more planned for the future.
Palace to Palace success
Plymouth Business Mentor, Caroline Humphries, was delighted to complete the Palace to Palace challenge for the Prince’s Trust.
It was a great day and although it was windy, the rain held off. Caroline even got to meet reigning Tour de France champion cyclist Chris Froome, who is an Ambassador for The Trust.
Most importantly she raised £1,260 for The Trust which was three times her original target of £400.
Young Person success
We would like to congratulate Laura Eggins from Plymouth, who suffers from the eye condition microphthalmia and coloborna, for achieving a full-time position in administration at HMP Dartmoor.
Laura is pictured here with her progression mentor Susan Ford.
Susan describes her as “an inspiration" as far as her motivation is concerned. She added: "Laura's biggest gain has been turning negative experiences into positives – she has really developed her resilience over the last 12 months.” Well done Laura!