For over 40 years, The Prince of Wales has been a leader in identifying charitable need, and helping to drive charities forward. From the early days of The Prince's Trust in the 1970s, his charitable interests have grown to represent a broad range of areas, including the built environment, the arts, responsible business and enterprise, young people, global sustainability, and rural affairs.
Thanks to funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, charities founded by His Royal Highness have been able, over the past three years, to extend the support they give to people in need. Four of these charities are sharing an award of £850,000:
- The Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) believes that all children, regardless of background or ability, are entitled to be taught by teachers who are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. The PTI invests in teachers, enabling them to rediscover their love of their subject and communicate that excitement and knowledge to every child they teach. The donation will allow them to support 127 Heads of Department in improving the teaching of their subject across the whole school, benefiting the education of around 84,000 children.
- Business in the Community's Ready for Work programme delivers highly intensive support to help people into employment, particularly those who are furthest from the job market and affected by homelessness. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported over 165 clients into employment. Each client will have faced significant challenges such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, criminal backgrounds, rough sleeping and poverty. Through the Ready for Work programme, they are given the opportunity to build their confidence and gain work experience, enabling them to get back on track and find a way to play an active and positive part in society.
- In Kind Direct runs a unique service distributing a wide range of surplus products from retailers and manufacturers to charities working across the UK. This service provides a lifeline to thousands of small, locally-rooted charities, supporting people in need in their community. Thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery, vulnerable adults will receive essential goods, such as toiletries and clothing, household, bedding and kitchen products, via 100 local charities who are part of the In Kind Direct network.
- The Prince's Countryside Fund is using the funds to improve the health and wellbeing of isolated people in deprived rural areas. Working across another ten rural communities – building on the work they did in 2017, they will bring people together and help them to build support networks. The project will reduce social isolation, improve mental and physical health and the quality of life for the most vulnerable individuals by helping to create vital hubs at the hearts of these communities.
To date, People's Postcode Lottery players have helped raise over £2.8 Million for The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.
All the charities involved would like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for their ongoing support.