CELEBRATING THE DEDICATION OF OUR VOLUNTEERS.
THE Birmingham Mail has teamed l up with the Prince's Trust to celebrate the charity's Make A Change Week in the city.
We'll bring you a story every day this week detailing the work the Trust carries out with youngsters in Birmingham under its 12-week Team programme which develops the personal and professional skills of disadvantaged youngsters.
Now marking its 20th anniversary, the scheme has helped thousands of 16 to 25-year-olds who have struggled at school, been in care, long-term unemployed or been in trouble with the law.
Carrying out community projects, such as renovating old people's homes and creating sensory gardens for disabled children, more than 15 million hours of volunteer work has been carried out - saving the public purse an estimated pounds 75 million over the last two decades. Under the scheme, volunteers also undertake work experience placements giving them a taste of the world of work and providing practical experience.
Since it was launched in 1990 by Prince's Trust president The Prince of Wales, more than 14,000 youngsters in the West Midlands have taken part.
And last year, more than three quarters of those involved moved into work, education or training.
Kathy Williams, regional director for the West Midlands, said: "Make a Change Week is all about celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Team programme and recognising the positive changes young people are making to their lives and their communities.
"The individuals I have met over the years on the Team programme have inspired me with their great success.
"They have overcome barriers that would have defeated most of us . "Now we need more support than ever to ensure we can carry on transforming these young lives and communities well into the future."
To find out more about The Prince's Trust or to make a donation to its work, call 0800 842 842 or visit www.princes-trust.org.uk Tomorrow: Meet one of the Team members making a difference,
MODEL from the idlands has her sights et on becoming the K's entrant for the iss Galaxy beauty ageant.
Faye Palmer, aged 21, rom Wilnecote, amworth, will battle or the crown early ext year after being elected to represent Birmingham in the final.
If successful she will go on as the UK's entrant to the Miss Galaxy world finals in Florida.
A former sports student at South Staffordshire College, Faye, who has worked as a model for Selfridges in Birmingham and car manufacturer Renault, said: "I've always been interested in beauty pageants but never had the confidence to enter.
"This year I was taken on by some modelling agencies and that gave me the confidence to do it. "Over the next few months I'll be doing some volunteer work and charity work. I've already done some for St Giles' hospice in Tamworth and I'm helping Cat's Protection with their Christmas Fete. It's been very busy but I love it."