Young people taking part in the Team programme in Grimsby will have the honour of welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cambridge next month, on her first ever visit to a Prince's Trust programme.

Next month’s visit to the Grimsby will be one of The Duchess’ first public visits since announcing her pregnancy in December.

The Duchess will meet young people who are turning their lives around on The Trust’s Team programme, delivered in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, at Grimsby’s Peaks Lane Fire Station.

Unemployment hotspot Grimsby has one of the highest levels of youth joblessness in the country, with around one in three young people struggling to find a job.

Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting The Prince’s Trust. This will be The Duchess’ first visit, where she will meet past and present young people from our Team programme in Grimsby, an area that has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country.”

As well as meeting with the young people, The Duchess will also be introduced to the fire crews working at the station and shown the stations fleet of fire engines.

The Trust’s Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job.

Jamie Morris, Prince’s Trust Team Leader of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to honour Grimsby Team with her first visit to The Prince’s Trust.

“This will provide a huge boost for the young people on the Team programme, which has been run from Grimsby Fire Station since September 2011 and has helped 65 young people from around the region in that time.”

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with The Trust providing inspirational leadership and guidance to help disadvantaged young people in Grimsby since September 2011.

The Trust’s Team programme is run in partnership with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the country.

Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and a work experience placement over the course of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing skills.

As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community, undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.

The Grimsby Team programme is also funded through a partnership with Grimsby Institute who provide support for young people to gain The Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork & Community Skills.

Source: Prince's Trust

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