High praise for latest Prince’s Trust cohort

The Prince’s Trust Team 8 (Diamond Pizzas) from our January cohort made it to the final of the Southwest regional Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards.

These awards recognise the achievements of all young people who engage in various Prince’s Trust programmes across the country.

Robyn Mills-Sims, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, nominated them. She said: “I nominated them for the Community Impact Award for their phenomenal work on a ‘quiet room’ for Pilton House Care Home. They made such a huge effort raising over £800 for materials and equipment. The room was completely disused before and they transformed it into a calm, quiet space for those residents who need time to reflect or just some simple quiet time alone.

Roxy Farkas, manager of the care home, said: “I have been thinking all week about how to say thank you. It should be really easy but it just doesn’t seem enough. I want you to understand – REALLY understand – the difference you have made to our Home.

“We all know what it is like to feel a little bit lost and frightened and feel like we don’t have a place in the world. You have made a space that means that people who need it most can be themselves and remember who they are and for that, you beautiful, funny, caring, AMAZING people, I am very grateful. Thank you so much. Good luck with your next adventure,” she added.

The team were so excited to be nominated; they made it to the finals out of all the nominations across the Southwest area.

The group travelled to Bristol on 16 November 2016 to attend the awards ceremony. On arrival, they met the host, John Culshaw, who made everyone laugh with some of his most famous impressions. The awards kicked off with some inspiring stories from the young people of Prince’s Trust and a live message from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.

Robyn said: “Unfortunately, the team did not win the final award, but making it to the finals was a huge achievement. As a team leader this is the first time I have nominated any team for an award, this was the first team I have felt truly made such a difference that it deserved an award.

“It was such an honour to attend these awards and the atmosphere was fantastic and the group were thrilled to have made it as far as they did. I reminded them that they will always be my winners and the fact that they made such a lasting difference to a local care home is the real prize.

“We spent time reminiscing about the room they created and Michael, who was part of the team, still works at the care home and says that the room is one of the most popular features of the care home and all the residents absolutely love it. The team left on such a high with the knowledge that their work will last forever and have a lasting impact on a very special group within the community.”

To find out more about Prince’s Trust, contact Robyn on 01271 852368 or robyn.mills-sims@petroc.ac.uk