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Northamptonshire’s Prince’s Trust Celebrates Success

08.11.2012

Former Team Members from The Prince’s Trust in Northamptonshire, delivered by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, were celebrating at the Regional Celebrate Success Awards on Wednesday 7th November after winning their categories. Awards were received in two of the categories -Breakthrough Award and Flying Start Award.

The winners were selected from a shortlist of nominees from across the East Midlands region that represent just a handful of thousands of people that The Prince’s Trust help every year.

Martin Meeuwissen won the Breakthrough Award after being nominated by Team Leader Mark Williams and Development Worker, Rebecca Wyatt. Martin spent his childhood moving between two countries which triggered anxiety made worse when a violent home life led to speech impediment. As a result, bullying was a constant factor in Martin’s life.

Martin was excluded from lessons at school and following his mother’s death, he left school with three GCSEs and after trouble with the police he had hit his lowest point. Upon joining the Prince’s Trust Team, Martin’s progressed enormously and he has overcome his communication barrier and shone in community projects. Martin has now established a career and is looking forward to the future thanks to his time with The Prince’s Trust. Freddy Gilder was awarded the Flying Start award at the Celebrate Success Awards evening following a nomination from Pauline Cowie, HR Admin and Recruitment at Marks & Spencer in Northampton and Sue Williams, Section Manger at Marks & Spencer.

Freddy signed up to the Team programme after becoming an increasingly reclusive young man who had left education with no qualifications. He was a full time carer for his mum shortly followed by his grandmother after she suffered a stroke and faced financial difficulty becoming severely depressed after years of constant pressure. Although being wary at first, Freddy’s confidence improved on the programme and he became a new person motivated to achieve. With support from The Prince’s Trust, Freddy has found full time work and is happy with life.

Caroline Pullen, Head of School for Young People’s Engagement at Tresham said:
“We are proud of each and every one of the young people who take part in one of our Prince’s Teams and Martin and Freddy represent just two of hundreds of the team members we see each year who change their path in life to a more positive one with increased confidence and opportunities.ā€

The next start dates for Team courses led by Tresham College Of Further and Higher Education begin in January 2013 across Northamptonshire. For more information please call 0845 658 8990 or visit www.tresham.ac.uk/team

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