Mon 29th Jun 2015
Prince’s Trust is NI Chamber’s chosen charity
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has nominated the Prince’s Trust (NI) as its charity of the year for 2015-2016.
The business support organisation’s event and networking strategy throughout the next twelve months will enable businesses to help the Prince’s Trust fundraise to support key services.
The Prince’s Trust helps over 5,000 disadvantaged young people aged 13-30 to realise their potential and transform their lives every year in Northern Ireland. Last year, 78 per cent of the young people on programmes achieved a positive outcome – progressing into employment, training or education.
Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, said:
“We are delighted that the NI Chamber has chosen to support The Prince’s Trust. Their support, funding and access to their valuable network of members will help disadvantaged young people turn their lives around in communities across Northern Ireland.”
The Trust works with young people who experience multiple barriers to moving into education, training or employment, including young people who are unemployed, in or leaving care, underachieving in school, and offenders and ex-offenders
The Trust delivers a range of personal development programmes to support disadvantaged young people who require different types of support according to their own personal needs. For example, the Explore Enterprise programme helps young people to start their own business while the Team programme, which is a 12 week personal development programme helps a young person get their life on track.
For young people who are work ready but need experience and qualifications, the charity runs a range of Get Into programmes in association with employers and in sectors where there is a greater likelihood of participants securing a job. Programmes include Get into Retail with Marks & Spencer, Lidl Northern Ireland & TK Maxx, Get into Mechanics and Get Into Security.
Stephen McCully, President of NI Chamber, said:
“Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted to nominate The Prince’s Trust as our charity of the year.
“With around one in five young people in Northern Ireland not in work, education or training, NI Chamber supports the Prince’s Trust’s belief that every young person should be able to fulfil their potential.
“Our event and networking strategy throughout the year will enable us to work together and help the Prince’s Trust fundraise to support key services.”
Pictured above are Stephen McCully (NI Chamber) with Kayla Savage (Young Ambassador Prince’s Trust) and Ian Jeffers (Prince’s Trust).