Joules has partnered with The Prince’s Trust for just over two years now, to support young people in Leicestershire to build a better future. The charity helps young people build skills and confidence to move into work, re-engage with education and set up in business.
Every year, thousands of young people have to deal with the effects of poverty, abuse or neglect. The Prince’s Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to succeed, regardless of his or her background or circumstances. They support young people and give them the chance to take part in life-changing programmes to provide them with the help they need to stabilise their lives. They work in communities across the UK and in the past year helped over 58,000 vulnerable young people.
We have been blown away by the commitment teams have shown to helping vulnerable young people in Joules’ local communities change their lives for the better. Across stores, HQ and the JDC, teams have opened their doors and shared their time, to give vulnerable young people the opportunity to gain vital employability skills and confidence to take their next steps.
To date Joules has directly helped 128 young people through local programmes and inspired thousands more. We can’t wait to build on this momentum in the next year, kicking off with Joules Charity Week!
Without The Prince’s Trust and the support of amazing partners like Joules I wouldn’t be where I am now – with my own handmade jewellery business, High Vibe Designs, pursuing my passion and building my confidence more and more every day.
Best of luck to all of you for Joules Charity Week! I can’t wait to see how it goes and pop in to say, “hello!” Your support, encouragement and energy to raise money and support thousands more young people, just like me, is just incredible. Thank you Joules for all you do!
Sophie Rodgers, 24, High Vibe Designs
£12 will help give guidance and support to four young people calling helplines.
£20 will provide lunches for 12 young people attending one of our programmes.
£30 will provide two hours of one-to-one mentoring for one young person.
£50 will give childcare for a day to allow someone to attend a programme.
£500 could fund a telephone helpline for a day providing support and advice to 173 young people.
£1500 funds a place on a four-day enterprise course.
Reena is a Prince’s Trust programme leader who works across the West Midlands and Manchester to help young people complete our employability courses.
After joining The Trust as a volunteer in 2013, I then moved to work in our Outcomes team in Birmingham where I supported young people to move into jobs after completing our programmes. I then started working as a Programme Executive, where I support young people through our employability programmes. I am so lucky to work with fantastic partners like Joules who help young people develop their skills and experience to move into jobs in the sector.
I have worked with thousands of young people over the last four years, which has been fantastic! I’m always amazed by the energy and commitment our partners put into programmes, the encouragement they give to young people and the difference this makes.
When I am out shopping and see young people a year on from our retail programmes smiling behind the till or putting out stock it’s brilliant. Nothing beats popping into store and hearing “Hi Reena” from the young people and catching up with the store volunteers – just brilliant!
Would you like to offer your support to our fantastic charities? Visit our Virgin Money Giving page or head into store to see what’s going on. Keep up-to-date with our efforts by using #JoulesCharityWeek