Young people’s charity The Prince’s Trust and diversified family-owned business The Denholm Group have announced a new partnership designed to create lasting change for young people.

The Denholm Group has confirmed its commitment to supporting young people by becoming a patron of The Prince’s Trust and is encouraging its employees to take part in fundraising activities to support The Trust’s work of creating brighter futures for young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Partnering with The Prince’s Trust also provides volunteering opportunities for employees at Denholm. As well as helping young people to develop their skills and raise their aspirations, volunteering with The Trust will give Denholm employees the opportunity to gain new skills and to challenge themselves beyond their regular job responsibilities.

The Denholm Group is head-quartered in Glasgow, and the locations of its offices and sites throughout the UK complement the network of Prince’s Trust Centres.  Denholm also operates in areas that do not currently have a local Prince’s Trust Centre, but in which the Trust is extending its reach by working with schools, colleges and other partners.

John Denholm, Chairman and CEO of The Denholm Group, said: “Our partnership with The Prince’s Trust marks the first time Denholm has nominated a Group-wide charity partner.  The Group has been expanding through organic growth and acquisition, and with 50 offices and over 1,000 employees across the UK, it now feels appropriate to partner with a UK charity that gives all our employees similar opportunities to support young people in their local communities.”

Mr. Denholm continues: “The Group currently supports a number of young people through apprenticeships, which combine work experience or on-the-job training with studying towards a formal qualification.  Our partnership with The Prince’s Trust is the natural next step in supporting many more young people by helping them to build their confidence and gain the skills they need to thrive in the world of work.”

Kate Still, Director, The Prince’s Trust Scotland said: “It is essential that we do everything we can to ensure young people have an increasing stake in our economy and society. We do this by improving their confidence, boosting their skills and ensuring they have the knowledge of potential career paths. The private sector plays a key role in offering young people in our country real opportunities so they can live, learn and earn. By establishing relationships with corporate partners, we can ensure that all young people who need help receive it. That’s why we are delighted that The Denholm Group has become a patron of The Prince’s Trust. 

“By working closely with Denholm and, with their support and commitment, we will make a real difference and transform the lives of many young people. Together we will support and empower young people to build a better future for themselves, their communities and our country as a whole.”

Formation of the partnership was formally recognised at an event on last week at The Prince’s Trust’s Wolfson Centre in Glasgow.