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Prince’s Trust partnership unlocking potential of more young people in Yorkshire

Date: 26th February 2019

125 young people enrolled on Askham Bryan College’s TEAM programme in partnership with Prince’s Trust, took part in residential visits across Yorkshire during February as part of their 12-week programme of learning.

The four-day residential, which forms part of the overall experience on the course, alongside regular team building activities, a community project and two weeks of work experience is always one of the highlights of the programme.

“On residential I found that it helped me socialize, make friends and get to know the group a lot more,” said Jennifer Morgan a 21-year-old TEAM attendee.

“It also got me out the house and experiencing new activities that I enjoyed very much. During the residential I overcame some fears by going in small spaces when caving, climbing up high rocks and doing the leap of faith which I never thought I'd do,” she added.

The residential visits have been run through Live For Today Adventures, a company based at Hazelwood Castle down the road from Askham Bryan College, who specialise in providing outdoor activities at venues across the North of England - taking in the surrounding hills, caves, rivers and crags.

A spokesperson from Live For Today said:

“Meeting the young people during their 12-week process really shows the power of the Prince’s Trust Scheme. I have the honour to work closely with them during their residential week which takes place around the Yorkshire Dales and provides a unique opportunity for each young person to be themselves and show their great potential that might not be normally recognised. It really is a great scheme, full of positive success!”

Also making all this possible are 18 Prince’s Trust Team Leaders and Engagement Support Workers, who work closely with the groups over the 12 week period and on the residential working out of their local centres in Doncaster, York, Hull, Leeds, Pontefract, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Goole and Harrogate.

Their hard work and determination to give the attendees, who age from 16-24 and are outside of education, training or employment, a nurturing and positive environment to get back on track has seen a number of success stories since the programme started.

Just three weeks into their time on the programme, the attendees have grown in confidence, overcome some challenges and made some lasting memories, providing a platform for them to unlock their potential and seek out more new opportunities going forward, with the residential playing a huge part.

“What I liked on the residential was everyone got on and made friends. We were all looked after by Sam, Jamie, Ewan and a few others on the activities. I am very thankful for my experience, I made new friends and gained more confidence.” said Brandon Kelly, aged 19.

Another TEAM attendee Brad Wainwright, aged 21 said:

“The activities were run to a very high quality and professional standard. During the residential a lot of people pushed themselves past their limits. Ewan always brought lots of energy with him during activities and at the barn. Jamie and Sam were brilliant on residential and always made sure everyone was accommodated for and made sure everyone was always happy.

Askham Bryan College’s Prince’s Trust TEAM programme will be starting again across all venues in May 2019, to apply for a place on the course and find out more contact Richard.Francis@askham-bryan.ac.uk

For more information on Prince's Trust visit https://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/community-engagement/princes-trust

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