David Harper, Chairman of Harperco Limited is proud to announce his new role of Patron with the charity Princes Trust.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 years old who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.

Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop confidence, motivation and key skills for work.

The Prince’s Trust will support 4,000 Young People in the North East this year, and three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust will move into work, education or training.

The Prince’s Trust focuses its efforts on giving these young people a chance in life – and we are a patron of this incredibly worthwhile charity. The help it provides includes training, personal development, business start-up support, mentoring and advice. It is ingenious in the way that it has changed young people’s lives, not through condescension and free hand-outs, but by giving them the means to help themselves.

In this practical, common sense way, The Prince’s Trust makes a difference to more than 50,000 young people every year. Likewise, our own Apprentice Programme recognises the value that young people can make both to the workplace and society as a whole. But they must be given an opportunity to do so: that’s what our support for The Prince’s Trust is all about.