What is Flip The Script Friday?
Flip The Script Friday is an event that takes place on a fortnightly basis where we invite organisations/adults onto our website/social media to answer the questions that young people have for them.
Why is it a thing?
This is an opportunity for young people’s voices to be heard and to have their questions answered. But equally, it’s a chance to destigmatize the discussion of mental health, highlight the great work that organisations are doing and to make reaching out for support from them less intimidating.
We collaborated with Rhiannon from Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust is a national youth charity, supporting 11-30s across the UK, inspiring young people to build their confidence and to support them to achieve their full potential.
We had so many questions sent in by young people to our Instagram @platfform4yp and here are some of the highlights!
Where does the Prince’s Trust idea come from?
It all began in 1976, when HRH The Prince of Wales had a bold idea. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He founded His Trust to deliver on that commitment.
How does Prince’s Trust affect young people?
Our plan is to help one million more young people to transform their lives over the next 10 years. We will help them develop the confidence and skills to live, to learn and to earn, giving them an increasing stake in our economy and society. We work with delivery partners across the UK to offer hundreds of free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to help young people progress on to their next steps.
Why did you decide you wanted to become part of the Prince’s Trust team?
From a young age, I’ve always wanted to work with and help people. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many different individuals in various roles within the charity sector, however I knew my destined career was supporting young people. Being young(ish), I wanted to use my life experiences, paired with my professional expertise, to relate to and support young individuals to grow into the person they truly want to be. I feel so blessed to have been offered the opportunity to join The Prince’s Trust engagement team. I knew no 2 days would be the same and there would be occasions where I would be pushed out of my comfort zone. This is a challenge which I strive to tackle, to enable me grow both personally and professionally!
What is it like working for Prince’s Trust?
There is nothing more fulfilling than waking up to a job that excites you, that pushes you to be the best you can be and that offers an inclusive environment for you to be creative and spontaneous as well as making you feel part of one big family. That is what it’s like working for The Prince’s Trust.
What do you offer for young people?
The programmes offered by The Prince’s Trust give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. These courses fall under three streams:
Engagement: Courses designed to help young people try something new and boost their confidence and teamwork skills.
Employability: Courses designed to give young people sector-specific skills to secure a job.
Enterprise: Courses designed to give young people the chance to turn their business idea into a reality.
How can young people get involved?
Young people can get involved in any of our programmes by contacting our Customer Service Team on 0800 842842 or through our live chat service on our website: www.princes-trust.org.uk between Monday-Friday, 9am – 6pm.
Details of upcoming courses in Wales can be found by searching “Prince’s Trust Cymru” on social media.
If there is one thing that you would want young people to take away from this experience, what would it be?
Make the most of your Prince’s Trust experience. You never know what doors it could open for you!
What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
My days off are usually centred around some sort of food-based plans. Whether that be checking out a new restaurant with some friends or spending some time baking in my kitchen, I am a HUGE foodie. I also love spending my time outdoors. Whether I’m up a mountain or on a beach, nature truly works wonders for the soul.
If you could visit one place, where would you go and why?
I would love to go to Australia! 18 months is a long time of not being able to hug your younger sister. I’d love to hire a campervan and explore the entire country with her, soak up some rays, experience different places and learn how to surf!
Where do you want to see Prince’s Trust in the future?
I feel we are already working towards our future by having gone virtual in the last year! In response to the pandemic, we have adopted a blended delivery style, working with young people online as well as face to face (in line with government guidance). This approach has enabled us to engage with young people we may not have necessarily worked with before, as well as allowed us to collaborate with various delivery partners across the UK to create new and exciting opportunities for young people.
If you could send the public a message about the misconceptions that exist in the work you do, what would it be?
Reaching out for support isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a positive step on your personal growth journey. Sometimes, that support may not always be the most suitable for you. It’s important to be honest with yourself and the organisation and ask for some guidance towards other support options.
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