CXK Celebrates Completion of 100th Prince’s Trust Programme

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Ashford-based charity, CXK, has celebrated the completion of its 100th Prince’s Trust Programme, designed to help unemployed and vulnerable young people in Kent gain skills and find work, apprenticeships or return to education

Since we began delivering the scheme in 2011, 1,200 Kent young people have benefitted from the programme, donating 30,000 volunteering hours to local charities and causes. Those hours have been spent executing social action projects to benefit the local community, ranging from revamping a neglected Scout hut in Dover to creating care packages for the Dartford homeless community. Six of those projects have resulted in regional Prince’s Trust award nominations, designed to recognise and award excellence in social action delivery.

The 12 participants of the milestone 100th programme, all aged between 16-25 and not in education, employment or training (NEET), spent a collective 290 hours over seven days using problem-solving and team-building techniques learned on the programme to renovate the garden of Arts in Ramsgate.

Having successfully completed the programme, the participating young people gained a nationally recognised qualification in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills, and were celebrated at a graduation ceremony held at Quex Park, Birchington on the evening of Wednesday 5 July. At the event, the participating young people presented the details of their social action project, and discussed the impact the programme had made on their lives.

At the ceremony, graduates were praised by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Trevor Shonk: “I want to say a huge “well done” to everyone involved in this programme. You have made such a difference to your local community and you should be extremely proud of yourselves.

“The Prince’s Trust programme addresses the real needs of NEET young people in our community. It challenges perspectives, builds confidence and develops vital skills that help the participants get ready for work; and in doing so helps to change society for the better. If I could summarise The Prince’s Trust programme in one word, it’s about ‘responsibility’ – the young people learn responsibility to themselves and to the communities around them.”

Brendan Hammond, who leads the delivery of the Prince’s Trust Programme in Kent, commented. “CXK is incredibly proud to have delivered 100 programmes and in doing so helped over 1,000 young people to discover new talents, build confidence and friendships, and to learn those vital skills that they really need to find and make the most of education, employment or training opportunities. Through the programme, our young people move on to achieve really positive outcomes from the support of CXK’s very experienced and passionate staff, and we look forward to helping thousands more in the coming years.”

The Prince’s Trust is a 12 week personal development programme designed to help improve the confidence, motivation and work-related skills of 16-25 year olds who are NEET, with programmes operating in Thanet, Maidstone, Dartford, Sittingbourne and Folkestone. For further information, visit cxk.org/young-people/training/princes-trust-team-programme.