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Charity helps youngsters stay on the right track

Tony Lloyd with some of the young people involved in the Fairbridge Programme

Young people from across Greater Manchester are turning their lives around with help from The Prince’s Trust.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd visited the charity’s centre in Salford to see the work they are doing with 13-30 year olds from the area who are unemployed or struggling at school.

He spoke to young people involved in the Fairbridge programme, a personal development programme that offers marginalised and disengaged young people who face a range of issues and barriers in their lives, one-to-one and group support to build confidence, develop social skills, and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Tony said: “The Prince’s Trust is doing some really positive work with young people from across Greater Manchester to empower them and keep them on the right track. Young people are often too easily written off as the causes of problems in our community, but they need our support and guidance to make the right choices in life.

“One young man I spoke to told me how, thanks to The Prince’s Trust, he had learnt new skills and made friends. This has given him the self-confidence and social skills to want to get on in life, when previously he rarely left the house. Young people like him just need a helping hand and that’s what organisations like The Prince’s Trust provide.”

Andrew Heydeman, of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Salford is one of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, with more than one in six (18 per cent) young people struggling to find a job. It was great to be able to show Tony the work we do with the Fairbridge programme in the area to help change young lives and also just what young people can achieve with the right support.” 

The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives.  It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.  It works with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. 

Find out more about The Prince’s Trust on their website.

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