The beneficiary charities are The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme & Wales Millennium Centre’s Creative Learning programme.
The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme
The Fairbridge Programme is part of the Prince’s Trust, and has an excellent track record in turning around the lives of disadvantaged young people in Wales. It helps to put marginalised young people back into society. From it's centre in Cardiff, Fairbridge reaches out to deprived young people across Wales – some homeless, some addicted, some mentally ill and all on the edge of society. The results speak for themselves: 85% of those who go through the Fairbridge Programme go on to employment, education or training.
Over the last 25 years, more than 5,000 young people have been supported in South Wales, and for many of this group, Fairbridge has been their first step on the ladder to develop their confidence and life skills. From cooking to drama to sailing, all of the programme courses are combined with one-to-one support. Every individual programme is tailored to the young person’s own needs, and lasts for as long as required to build the confidence and motivation to take the first steps in turning their lives around - be that three weeks or three years.
Martyn was unemployed and living in a hostel, smoking and drinking a lot. At Fairbridge he embraced climbing, photography, cooking and kayaking. He has now gained his NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme) award, basic first aid, food hygiene, paddle sports and his NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme). He has left Fairbridge, reduced his smoking and drinking, and is studying film and photography at college.
“I love Fairbridge and I wish I knew about it years ago when I was wasting my life. I am very thankful for all the support I have received from the staff.” - Martyn
Emma, from Aberdare, was severely depressed and dependent on alcohol when she was persuaded by her mum to come to the Fairbridge programme. Over two years of outdoor courses and counselling sessions, she developed from an introverted unhappy young girl into a highly competent sailor and outdoor activity instructor. She has kicked her alcohol addiction and is employed on The Prince's Trust's very own sailing ship, Spirit of Fairbridge.
"Without the nurturing and support that I received at Fairbridge I would still be isolated and reliant on drink. Now, I am doing a job I love and focusing on a positive future.” - Emma
Proceeds will also go to Wales Millennium Centre’s Creative Learning programme, which engages thousands of people in arts activity each year.
Much of Creative Learning's work at Wales Millennium Centre is about making a positive difference in young people’s lives. Almost 25,000 people took part in arts events and projects over the last year and most of those were children and young people. One of the project strands the Wales Milennium Centre is particularly proud of is our ‘Curtain Raiser’ series where young people have had the opportunity to perform directly before, or just after, a major dance performance on the Donald Gordon Theatre stage, with companies like Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.