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Birthday greetings for the Prince from young people in Shropshire

Edge and Sophie

Tributes to Prince Charles in the week of his 70th birthday highlighted the life-changing results of The Prince’s Trust.

In Shropshire, more than 150 young people have benefited from The Prince’s Trust Team programme of personal development. One of those participants is Sophie O’Callaghan, 22. Sophie took part in the programme this summer. Since then she has gained a part-time job which she is combining with work experience in the customer services centre at Severnside Housing.

On only the second day of her placement, Sophie got a different kind of experience when she was invited onto Radio Shropshire to talk about her own impressions of The Prince’s Trust.

Severnside Housing works in partnership with City of Wolverhampton College to support the Team programme in this area. Severnside’s Learning Programme and Digital Inclusion Officer Edge Abboh also took part in the broadcast, remembering some of the young people he has supported in Shropshire.

Severnside Housing has been working with The Prince’s Trust since 2011. Young people on the Team programme take part in a 12-week programme of personal development to improve their confidence, make new friends and learn new skills through a range of outdoor activities, community projects and work experience.

In week nine of the programme they spend time in Severnside Housing’s Digital Dens, where they learn how to search for vacancies, apply for work and stand out at interview. At the end of the week they put those skills into practice with a mock recruitment event, after which they learn which of them would have landed a job.

Sophie said that she had learned a lot through the Team’s project:  “I had always wanted to do something with The Prince’s Trust and I’m so glad I had that opportunity. I’m more confident now. I made new friends, improved my skills and I feel more able to achieve my goals,” she says.

Edge said that Sophie is a great example of the impact that The Prince’s Trust has had on young people in Shropshire: “Together with partners such as Social Telecoms, we have supported some fantastic young people who have gone on to full-time employment, started their own businesses or embarked on degree courses.

“Supporting people and communities is what we are about as an organisation. We have been able to change lives through The Prince’s Trust and I was delighted to have the opportunity to reflect on that success as part of the birthday celebrations for Prince Charles.” 

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