A scheme run by The Prince’s Trust which gives young people the skills and confidence to find work created £2.7 million in social value in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in just one year, according to independent research.
The youth charity’s Team programme, a 12-week personal development course supported by Barclays, helped 271 disadvantaged young people in the area to discover new abilities through teamwork in the community during the last financial year. Three in four of the young people moved into work, education or training within three months of completing the programme.
The research, by NEF Consulting and supported exclusively by Barclays, attributes the £2.7 million social worth created in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire by the scheme to the value of helping young people into work or to engage with education, with fewer people being on benefits or in trouble with the law as a result of their participation in the programme, as well as the value of the community work they complete while taking part in it.
According to the research, every pound invested in The Team programme created £2.99 in social value. This is partly attributed to the community work young people undertook around Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire during their time on the programme, with each project generating an average of £3,600 value.
These figures are a timely achievement for The Trust, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Team programme this summer. The scheme, delivered by local partners YMCA Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has helped more than 187,000 young people across the UK to build their self-esteem, skills and earnings over the last 25 years.
In Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, The Trust has helped 271 jobless young people to complete the Team programme in the last year alone and is calling for applicants to sign up to the scheme as it looks to help even more.
John O’Reilly, Central England Director for The Prince’s Trust said: “This research proves that in just one year, our Team programme has helped dozens of young people in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to take control of their lives and ultimately boosted the local economy.
“We want to help more unemployed young people in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Thanks to supporters like Barclays and all our fantastic local partners and volunteers, we are able to run the Team programme in locations across the area and continue to support even more young people to turn their lives around.”
Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment at Barclays said: “As a partner of The Prince’s Trust and the largest ever corporate supporter of the Team programme, we’ve seen the huge difference The Trust makes to young people’s lives. This research confirms just how important it is to help the next generation develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential.
The Prince’s Trust recently marked the 25th year of its Team programme by unveiling a giant photo frame, which was used by young people taking part in the scheme to take team selfies with singer Alesha Dixon.
Members of the public have been helping The Trust celebrate the programme’s 25th year by tweeting team selfies – known online as ‘Teamies’ – with the hashtag #lovemyteam. Prizes are being awarded to people using the hashtag throughout the month.