The Prince’s Trust recently held its “What’s Stopping You?” charity event for young people in East London. The gathering to find ways to help unemployed youth was held at The Prince’s Trust head office.
Attendee Chelsea Murray Clarke who is 23, from Tower Hamlets and a recent graduate has tirelessly applied for positions but has yet to obtain employment. She is now in the 12 Week Prince’s Trust Team programme that assists job seekers in proper CV writing, interview techniques and other helpful ways to support obtaining employment.
“It was great to meet councillors and people in the community to know that they are listening to the barriers facing young people in east London,” Clarke mentioned in The Docklands and East London Advertiser.
According to the reports “more than one in four young people in Newham are struggling to find a job – a total of 27 per cent – while in Tower Hamlets 21 per cent are struggling, according to the Office for National Statistics.”
One director from The Prince’s Trust, Dermot Finch discussed how the uprising of youth employment in east London is becoming a worrisome issue and that the young residents do need the help and guidance.
Unemployed for close to three years after leaving school, 21 year old Tower Hamlet resident, Afsana Benozir commented that the Prince’s Trust would allow her to study medicine with her goal to become a doctor. “I had lost all confidence in myself. It felt like all of my hopes for the future had been sucked away,” she commented.
“We at Tower Hamlets Council are committed to helping young people fulfil their potential by finding work or professional opportunities and this event was a great way of helping to highlight the issues so we can work together and help young people overcome them,” Cabinet member in Tower Hamlets for jobs and skills, Cllr Shafiqul Haque noted.
Since 1976, Charles is well known as a vigorous champion for youth, service and volunteering when he created the Prince’s Trust Charity. He was not in attendance for the event as he was in Norfolk at Sandringham for the Christmas holiday.