The Prince’s Trust and Cheryl’s Trust are proud to announce the forthcoming opening of a new centre for disadvantaged young people in the North East.
The new centre, which will be open later this year, is located on Blandford Square, Newcastle. It will build on The Prince’s Trust’s existing presence in the area and significantly increase support for unemployed young people across the North East, connecting them with even more training opportunities and jobs.
Cheryl said: “I’m so happy and excited that the Newcastle centre is finally coming to life. I am incredibly proud to call Newcastle my hometown and it’s important to me to be able to do my bit to help the young people in the area. No young person should be held back by their circumstances, this new centre will transform thousands of young lives by teaching skills, developing confidence and moving young people into education, work or training. A huge thanks to everyone that has supported my Trust in making this possible.”
Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, group chief executive at The Prince’s Trust said: “The North East of England has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the UK. It is crucial for us to intensify our work in this area, where there is a deep rooted pattern of long term unemployment. We are very grateful to Cheryl for her longstanding and active commitment to The Prince’s Trust. The opening of the new centre is certainly an achievement to be celebrated. The centre will enable us to support over 5000 young people in the next three years and grow delivery of all our programmes.”
Cheryl has had a long standing relationship with The Prince’s Trust. In 2015 Cheryl’s Trust launched a fundraising campaign to help The Prince’s Trust open the new centre. To achieve this goal, Cheryl’s Trust worked in particular with ICAP, Greggs, SAS/Storm Flower and The Quintessentially Foundation.
This year, The Prince’s Trust will support, across the UK, 60,000 disadvantaged young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.