Last week a group of seven young people aged between 17 – 22 took on a range of activities including canoeing, mountain biking and bush-craft survival skills with The Prince’s Trust in Southampton, all thanks to the support of the FatFace Foundation. The Prince’s Trust Get Started programme supports young people aged between 16-25 who are currently out of employment or education to develop their skills and confidence. The FatFace Foundation has supported this programme since 2017 with a focus on the outdoors and since then have helped 40 young people to take their next crucial step in life.
Last week’s programme, Get Started with Outdoor Activities, saw seven young people from the Solent area take part; each day brought a new challenge, including canoeing, mountain biking, indoor climbing and bush craft. ‘The bit I enjoyed the most about the programme was overcoming my confidence issues and helping to get my mental health to a better place.’ (Feedback from a young person taking part) The Prince’s Trust believes every young person should be given the chance to succeed and the Get Started programme is often the first step in a young person’s journey with The Trust to be able to go on to live, learn and earn. We were delighted that during the week Prince’s Trust staff and young people were also joined by FatFace crew member, Daisy, to volunteer during the climbing day.
Daisy, FatFace crew member, said ‘I had a great time working with the team and I would highly recommend anyone going to the Trust and experiencing it for themselves if they have a moment to spare. You can really see the benefits and the opportunities for the young people who attend.’ Mark Ford, Prince’s Trust Executive, said ‘Daisy was an incredible support to our young people on the day and got stuck in during the activity. We are so grateful to the FatFace Foundation for funding our Get Started programme giving young people the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities they wouldn’t usually get the chance to.’