Southampton

Simon Hyett - Enterprise programme graduate

Young Ambassador, Simon Hyett

One of our young people from the Enterprise programme has gone from strength to strength. 

Simon Hyett has been supported for two years by a Business Mentor and this year became a Young Ambassador

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.

Simon says: 

My current mentor is without a doubt the most valuable part of my business. I am moving forward and everyday overcoming obstacles, and this is all because of the support I have received from him.

Enterprising mentors

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.

Plymouth

Palace to Palace success

Plymouth Business Mentor, Caroline Humphries, was delighted to complete the Palace to Palace challenge for the Prince’s Trust.

Caroline Humphries riding at Palace to Palace

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.

Congratulations Caroline!

Young Person success

Laura Eggins with her Progression Mentor Susan Ford

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!