11 Oct 2019
Legal & General and Prince’s Trust Partnership Raising Aspirations
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. At Legal & General, we feel we can play a powerful role in helping The Prince’s Trust to support, mentor and engage young people.
In 2016 we partnered with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University to help and finance the £350 million Helix development. As one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, Newcastle Helix is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq. ft. of office and research space, as well as 450 new homes. As such, funding a project with the Princes Trust in Newcastle was a natural transition.
The average attainment scores in state-funded secondary schools are lower in the North East than any other region. Over 45% of children in the big cities face significant poverty. This increases their likelihood of not being in education, employment or training (NEET) and puts them at greater risk of poverty, crime, social breakdown and unemployment in adult life.
We feel we can play a powerful role in helping The Prince’s Trust to support, mentor and engage young people in the North East to break the cycle of deprivation and give them the confidence and skills to move into education, training or employment.
Our support will help their early intervention work in the North East and the surrounding area and grow their Achieve programme and networks of schools. It will also fund 20 young people to engage on their Intensive Achieve In-Centre programme. Delivered from The Prince’s Trust Centre in Newcastle, the programme supports those who are most at risk of exclusion and under-achievement.
“For me The Prince’s Trust is a life-changer. To get support you need to overcome all the negativity that happens is life is important. It’s made me feel that everything is possible and my ambition is to keep giving back to this community, which has given so much to me.” Quej Kashilembo – Prince’s Trust Young Person.
“This partnership with Legal & General will greatly help our work to engage more young people in the North East to raise aspirations and educational attainment. Investing in personal and social development, active citizenship and enterprise skills and helping pupils prepare for work in an engaging and meaningful way supports not only more engagement in education but provides the foundation for life beyond school. We are excited to see what impact we can make together.” Rachael Ronchetti – Senior Head of Operations – North, The Prince’s Trust
This is a great opportunity for us to continue our work within the North East and support young people in this community. Giving them a chance to know they have a choice to change their lives. I feel the “aspire programme” can help young people change their paths.
Sara Heald, Head of CSR, Legal & General Group
About The Princes Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
The Trust has helped over 950,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.