© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Charles shakes hands with wise men on departure after meeting The Prince’s Trust Young Entrepreneurs at Brixton’s NatWest Bank branch in London, Britain November 11, 2021. Chris Jackson / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo
By Alistair Smout, Sarah Mills and Marie-Louise Gumuchian
LONDON (Reuters) – A British youth charity founded by then-Prince Charles in the 1970s has helped a million young people, including actor Idris Elba, train, find jobs or creating community projects that will continue to work while he is monarch. .
Charles, who became king last week following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth, has set up a charity with £7,500 ($8,678) in severance pay from the Navy to tackle unemployment. which he fears will disadvantage young people.
It will keep its original name, The Prince’s Trust, Chief Executive Martina Milburn told Reuters.
Beneficiaries of the Trust include “The Wire” actor Elba, David Oyelowo, who starred in the historical drama “Selma,” and many others who have established businesses or community projects in the past. sport or art.
British DJ and record producer Shahid Khan, known by his stage name ‘Naughty Boy’, said he gained confidence from the Trust’s decision to grant him £5,000 to buy studio equipment when he just started.
“Growing up on a council estate, you’re not used to people just saying ‘you know what, I really believe in you and I have a feeling you’re going to make this happen so that’s new. cool for me’,” he told Reuters, adding the grant application also provides a learning curve.
“Although I want to start my own music business, I need to learn a lot to start my learning process.”
A youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 with employment, education and training, grants and support. Although Charles used to attend trustee meetings, he no longer does.
He said in his first speech as king that he would not have much time to devote to charities and issues he cares about “too deeply” but would pass the baton to the others.
Under Britain’s unwritten constitution, the royal family is not allowed to speak out on political and other matters.
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Elba, who grew up on an east London council estate, spoke about how a £1,500 grant from the Prince’s Trust helped him fund a spot at the National Youth Music Theater and the charity’s importance in offering different paths to young black men. , some of them may fall into crime.
“It’s really important and wonderful and I’m so grateful for it,” Elba, a Prince’s Trust ambassador, told Reuters last month, adding that it was important to “speak out about crime” and empowering the people who are actually doing the work.”
“It’s an ongoing war… it’s an ongoing message.”
Valerie Amos, a Labor colleague and the first Black person to be awarded the Queen’s Garter Medal by the Queen in June, included her in a select group of advisers to the king, said Charles’s role is crucial “when bringing young people into communities that are not just supportive, but an opportunity to rise to their potential”.
She told Reuters: “The work Prince Charles has done through the Prince’s Trust over the years, I think is extremely important in understanding what is happening in different communities here. Older brother.
Another Labor politician, David Lammy, recounted that after riots broke out in his constituency in Tottenham, north London, in 2011, political leaders came once and not come back.
On the other hand, Charles returned five times and brought officials from his charities, Lammy said.
The Trust’s Milburn says that after speaking to young people at Tottenham after the riots, Charles will provide ideas again based on what he’s heard.
“He has this amazing ability to connect. What he does more than anything is listen,” she said.
“His position as king is different. He will certainly have less time… But he has told me that he will still keep an eye on everything and what I am doing.”
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