Prince’s Trust gets women working

Already known for helping young people, The Prince's Trust has this year launched the Women Working campaign to help disadvantaged young women turn their lives around, including helping them starting their own businesses.

Through the campaign the charity is looking to raise £2 million over the next three years to support young women leaving care or in prisons, and young mothers to get training and education to help them start up on their own.

Amongst those who have already been helped by the Trust is Rosie Carpenter. Before making contact with The Prince’s Trust, she had been homeless and unemployed for three years. Funding from The Trust enabled her to buy an industrial sewing machine, new fabrics and helped pay for a stall in Spitalfields market. Rosie then set up a retail outlet with another Prince’s Trust-funded business, owned by Julie Brown, a single mother. As a result their business has blossomed and they now run their own children’s clothes business, Sasti, in Portobello Road, London.

The Prince’s Trust aims to:

  • assist young mothers with childcare costs
  • provide training for mentors to help young women leaving local authority care
  • support young women starting their own business enterprises
  • ensure that young women in prisons learn skills for employment

To be eligible for assistance from the Prince’s Trust, you must:

  • be aged 18-30
  • be unemployed or work less than 16 hours per week
  • have not been able to get all the funding you need from other sources
  • have a good business idea and are ready to make it a reality

To find out more about the Women Working campaign or to contribute to it, visit

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