Paisley’s MSP joined The Prince’s Trust Scotland to celebrate the youth charity’s 40th anniversary at a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 25th February.
Set up by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay Prince Charles in 1976, the charity has helped more than 150,000 vulnerable young people across Scotland to turn their lives around and achieve success in work, education or set up in business.
Hosted by George Adam MSP and Iain Gray MSP, over 150 guests attended the event. Young people who have been supported into employment or training by The Trust took centre-stage, leading presentations on the reality of being young and sharing their thoughts on the most pressing issues in 2016.
During the event, guests had the opportunity to show their support by taking a photograph with a giant pledge 40th birthday card.
While youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen in the last year, the unemployment rate for young people is still almost four times higher than that for adults . Recent research from The Prince’s Trust also shows that working class young people are three times more likely not to be in education, training or employment (NEET) than those from middle-class backgrounds.
The youth charity runs a range of programmes to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence they need to find work. The charity has supported 825,000 young people across the UK since 1976 and this year will support over 100 more each day.
George Adam MSP, said:
“I was delighted to be asked to host this parliamentary event for such a worthwhile charity. Ensuring every child has the best chance at life is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s programme and the Princes Trust deserves much credit for the way it has changed so many lives over the past 40 years. Matthew who works in my constituency office used to volunteer with the Trust and told me many stories of the young people who benefited from development awards, one example from a range of support the Trust offers, to help them into training. I would like to wish the Trust well for the next 40 years.”
Allan Watt, The Prince’s Trust Scotland Director, added: “During the last four decades, The Prince’s Trust has been there to support Scotland’s young people through turbulent times in our economy and in their own lives. We are extremely grateful to our supporters in Scottish Government and the business community for enabling us to be there for the young people who need us most.”
The Trust works with unemployed and disadvantaged young people across Scotland, with three in four young people we support going into work or education, or setting up their own business.
About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year the charity is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes 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.