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Northants Prince’s Trust Winners

15.11.2016

Young people who took part The Prince’s Trust Teams delivered by Tresham in Northamptonshire were recognised at the regional East Midlands Celebrate Success Awards held last week (9th November 2016) in Derby.

Chloe Parker, who took part in one the Kettering Team, won the Breakthrough Award which is sponsored by HSBC. The award recognises the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.

Chloe, won the award following the progress she has made since a breakdown at 13 that sent her life into a downward spiral. Chloe was diagnosed with a Global Development Delay (GDD) and became angry, upset and confused whilst she struggled to come to terms with it on her own. Her home life became a battle and in March 2015 Chloe left Grantham to move to Kettering where she knew no-one.

Chloe joined the 12-week Team programme for a positive start and during the residential everything changed as she engaged with her peers and communicated effectively to complete every task well. She began to show perseverance and the difference in her outlook on life was noticeable whilst she completed all activities and gained confidence.

She received excellent feedback from her work placement at Asda which gave her a huge boost in confidence and her attitude. Chloe would now go out of her way to help and support others and began to embrace life positively.

The strength of character not to give up when things got tough shows Chloe’s positive journey; one that has helped her become employable and independent. Earlier this month she was also awarded as the Tresham Prince’s Trust Student of the Year 2016.

Two Tresham ‘Teams’ from last year were also recognised as finalists for the Community Impact Award.

Kettering’s Team 43 who enhanced the town’s railway station making it more attractive and accessible to provide a better first impression for visitors to the town were awarded for their efforts. The team, some of whom, had turned to drink and drugs to cope with their problems, found the course a way to become more motivated with all of them moving onto work, college or voluntary work.

Rushden’s Team 29 were named as finalists after the group of 16 young people worked together to develop a video to support those with substance issues on behalf of a family support charity.

The group adapted and agreed roles to adhere to the deadlines whilst also renovating a local football club. Following the project all participants progressed into work or training and apprenticeships or voluntary work after gaining self-confidence and work related skills that have provided a new direction in their lives.

For more information about the Northamptonshire Prince’s Trust visit http://bit.ly/PTTeam16 to find out more about the programme available in Northampton, Corby, Kettering and Rushden.

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