Nine Group have today confirmed their patronage of The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity which helps unemployed young people get into work or training.
There are very many worthy charities, but The Prince’s Trust is particularly personal for Nine, as CEO James Palmer explained, “The work The Prince’s Trust do for young people really chimes with our mindset at Nine. The ethos is to inspire, educate and guide people to help better themselves, through developing skills, training or helping them to start a small business.
We will be making a substantial donation every year for a minimum of five years, but the first initiative is to join The Prince’s Trust Million Makers challenge. This national challenge allows a team of 18 staff to play an active role in raising at least £10,000 between now and February 2013 using their own initiative, while learning about and developing their own capabilities and business acumen.”
The Nine Group team – named To9ether – launched their challenge at a Prince’s Trust regional event in Bristol, where they took part in team building events, as well as hearing first hand about the work The Prince’s Trust are involved in. The team were inspired by the stories they heard and keen to make plans. To9ether have set an ambitious target of raising funds through a combination of activities, including an auction and a custom fashion range.
Group HR Director for Nine, Helen Chamberlain was impressed with the ideas the team had and commented “The launch event was great for listening to the young ambassadors from the charity and it was exciting to brainstorm ideas – we’ve got a very creative group! In true Nine Group competitive style, the team have set their goal extremely high and I’ve got every confidence they’ll hit it!