April, May and June have seen The Prince's Trust celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Enterprise programme. The Prince’s Trust has helped 80,000 young people set up in business since 1983, with support from funders including RBS.
As part of the campaign we invited Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to meet a group of seven of those young people.
During the hour and a half session, which took place in the new head office in Liverpool Street, Damian and Helen listened to the young people talk about their individual journeys to setting up as their own boss and shared advice on confidence and resilience.
Damian took time to understand how the Enterprise programme works, saying: “The Enterprise programme gives people hope, gives people a positive experience of life and an experience of a healthy self worth, possibly for the first time in their lives.”
To raise awareness of the Enterprise programme, the visit was covered by journalist Robert Crampton in his column for Times 2. After the session, Helen McCrory expressed how impressed she was with the transformation these young people had made, “To be setting up your own business, to me is the very definition of self confidence and self belief.”
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports disadvantaged young people, aged 18-30 years old, who are interested in starting a business. Young people are offered mentoring support and a low-interest loan. With three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust moving into work, education or training.
Find out more about the 30th anniversary of Enterprise campaign by visiting www.princes-trust.org.uk/30enterprise.
Source: Prince's Trust