YOUNG people from Milton Keynes who have more dramatic changes to turn their lives around have been rewarded by The Prince’s Trust.
Charlie Manson, 17, from Bletchley, was named winner of the Allianz Insurance Plc Educational Achiever Award at The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris Celebrate Success Awards, while a group of nine young people from Milton Keynes College were also named runners up for the Metropolitan Police Community Impact Award, recognising their positive contribution to the community.
Before getting help from The Prince’s Trust, Charlie had an unsettled relationship with his stepfather, which had a huge impact on his life. He also suffered severe bullying at school.
But when he sought out his biological father, who told him he wanted nothing to do with him, Charlie regularly lost his temper and his school work began to suffer. He was excluded from 16 schools by the time he was 12.
Looking for an opportunity to change his life, Charlie was referred to The Prince’s Trust, which helps young people who are struggling at school, giving them confidence and motivation to re-engage with education.
Since finishing the programme, Charlie has transformed his life. He said: “I’m so happy to have won this award. Life hasn’t always been easy but I finally feel I have good things ahead of me. The Prince’s Trust helped me to focus on my education and work hard. I’m now enjoying my college course and looking forward to the future.”
The students from MK College had faced personal barriers including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities that prevented them from succeeding in school and gaining employment.
As part of the course, the group decided to undertake a community project to renovate the emergency shelter at the YMCA, redecorating the centre giving it more of a homely feel for the people staying there.
Ed Sherry of The Metropolitan Police said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to the group for coming runner up in the Metropolitan Police Community Impact Award, which celebrates the success of young people turning their lives around and helping others within their community. We are proud to sponsor such an honourable award and wish each of the young people the very best for their future.”