catching six buses every day to and from the Prince’s Trust latest programme, 17-year-old Ryan Trueman is determined to turn his life around.
After troubled teenage years Ryan, from Alfreton, has signed up to Team Green to get himself ‘back on track.’
“I had a rough time and I’ve been living in a hostel.
“I’ve had a hard time coping with myself, I’ve got anger issues and struggled to deal with them.
“I realised that keeping myself busy helped. I spent some time and still do volunteering at the Polygon youth club.
“The busier I am the better I am so I decided to sign up to this course, get myself back on track and get some skills that will help me find a job.
“Yes I’ve had a difficult time, I had to grow up really fast.
“As soon as I wasn’t at home any more I was doing everything for myself but there’s no point dwelling on it, I’m getting on with things now and I feel good about that.”
The Prince’s Trust runs 12-week programmes like Team Green all over the country to help young people from all walks of life get life skills and develop.
Kelly Coleman is the leader of Team Green.
“I’m really excited and positive about this team and so grateful to Green Health for giving us the opportunity to work from here.
“They’ve been brilliant giving us the team room and letting us use their facilities and I just know it will offer this team that extra motivation to get on and do well, it’s an amazing place.”
Having worked for the charity for two and a half years, Kelly knows what an impact the programmes have.
“The Prince’s Trust offers so much to young people who often have nowhere else to turn.
“All of the team members have some reason for being here, they’ve all had their own problems and for some of them just signing up to the programme takes a lot but when you see them at the end of 12 weeks it’s just amazing.
“They get so much out of the whole experience, they stand clutching qualification certificates but there’s so much more to it. They all leave as confident, positive young people, often the opposite to how they arrive and it’s so rewarding to see.”