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Tresham Celebrate Prince’s Trust Success

06.11.2013

Tresham staff are celebrating after two of our students achieved recognition at the East Midlands Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards held on Tuesday 5th November at the Roundhouse in Derby.  Celebrate Success Awards recognises the achievements of exceptional young people in education, employment, skills development, enterprise and in the community.

Dennis Mkurazhizha with his award

(Dennis Mkurazhizha with his award)

Ian Carruthers is a finalist competing for the Creativeminds Flying Start Award with the champion support from Tresham team leader, Wayne Taylor and Prince’s trust mentor, Phil Thomas.

Ian was exposed to traumatic scenes of domestic violence from an early age, and when his brother was taken into care, he spiralled out of control and sought escape in drugs.  He found happier times with his girlfriend, but when she fell pregnant, they had nowhere to live and moved into a hostel far away from his hometown.

It was the hostel that referred Ian to the Prince’s Trust and he developed into a confident man, with peers looking up to him and earning repeated praise for his outstanding attitude.   Today, Ian works full-time as a supervisor at an independent social enterprise and co-operative development agency.

Dennis Mkurazhizha won the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award with champion support recognition to Tresham team leader, Mark Williams and Life Plan advisor, Leone Reed.

Dennis’s eczema was so severe he covered every inch of his body in clothes or bandages.  His parents sought help from various doctors, but trialling medication over the years, left Dennis disfigured by the side effects that included breast enlargement and cataracts.

Socially and psychologically traumatised and badly bullied at school, Dennis eventually became reclusive.  He distanced himself from his parents and turned to drink and drugs.  He had a shaky start when he joined the Prince’s Trust but through the experience gained on a placement as a care assistant Dennis began to shine.  Today, Dennis is currently studying for a degree in Advanced Nursing.

Both students will now be put forward for a chance to be a finalist at the prestigious UK finals, which takes place next spring.

Tresham College of Further and Higher Education is the delivery partner for Northamptonshire’s Prince’s Trust Teams offered in Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Daventry and Rushden. The Prince’s Trust programme provides the opportunity for young people aged 16-24 to embark on a 12 week programme that aims to increase individuals’ self-confidence and provides work experience and voluntary projects to improve their local community.

If you would like more information about the Prince’s Trust, please email ptt@tresham.ac.uk or visit www.tresham.ac.uk/team.

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