​LADbible To Be Media Partner For National Prince’s Trust Awards 2018

LADbible are excited to say we will be a media partner of the 2018 National Prince's Trust and TKMaxx & Homesense Awards.

We'll partner with the HSBC Breakthrough Award and will be live at the ceremony as it all happens to cover the highlights on our Instagram Stories.

The Prince's Trust is a charity that was founded in 1976 by Prince Charles with the aim of helping vulnerable young people to turn their lives around.

The trust deals mainly with young people between the ages of 11 and 30 who are unemployed or have had issues at school.

They also offer support to vulnerable young people who are in or leaving care, at risk of homelessness, or in trouble with the law to give them the opportunity to improve their situation.

This includes offering practical support such as training programmes, as well as financial support for things such as travel to and from job interviews that might otherwise stand in the way of their development.

One of the young people to benefit from the opportunities offered by the trust is Jack Lucas, a 19 year old from Chorley.

"I went off the rails. I got into fights, left home, and sofa-surfed whenever I could"
"I went off the rails. I got into fights, left home, and sofa-surfed whenever I could"

Jack is the winner of the HSBC Breakthrough Award in association with LADbible after winning the Manchester regional gong in November.

The Prince's Trust managed to help him turn his life around through their Team programme - a 12-week course that helps unemployed young people build confidence and skills to help their search for work.

Jack said: "I went off the rails. I got into fights, left home, and sofa-surfed whenever I could. When I couldn't, I slept in the park. Sleeping out in a place like that in the winter, it really affects you.

"Dad heard about Team on the radio and said I should go. I needed something positive to focus on, and that's exactly what Team is.

"I have so many memories from that programme, like going on a night walk during our residential and helping those at the back. And telling the instructor that I wanted their job! My Team leader sat me down with the instructor at the end and talked me through the skills and qualifications I'd need. I was so taken aback that they believed I could do it. That alone gave me a massive confidence boost.

Jack Lucas has benefited from the work of the Prince's Trust
Jack Lucas has benefited from the work of the Prince's Trust

"Then, when my mental health declined during a work placement at the activity centre, The Prince's Trust helped me through it and made sure I got another chance."

After volunteering at the same Team programme that helped him out, Jack now works with people with special and complex needs as a support worker, partially thanks to a development award to remove the financial barriers that he faced.

He continued: "The Prince's Trust put their neck out for me and made me believe in myself, and I'm now making my life a success by helping others. Winning this award gives me a massive sense of achievement, and I couldn't be more grateful."

The awards will conclude with a star-studded ceremony at the London Palladium on Tuesday 6th March. Previous years have seen celebrities such as Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Rita Ora appear at the event.

So keep your eyes on LADbible's Instagram Stories to help celebrate a fantastic cause.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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