A young man from Harrogate who has turned his life around has been nominated for a prestigious royal award.
Luke Bramley, and the Team 3 project in Harrogate, were able to make a difference thanks to the Prince’s Trust.
Luke came runner up for the HSBC breakthrough award, and the team won the Arc inspirations community impact award at the 2014 Prince’s Trust and Samsung awards.
The breakthrough award recognises the progress of young people who have developed new skills to make positive steps and face challenges.
HSBC head of global corporate sustainability Simon Martin said: “We would like to congratulate Luke, who has overcome huge barriers to get where he is today on being shortlisted for this award, and wish him the best of luck for the future.”
Luke had been in and out of work for years because of insomnia and depression. Living in a YMCA hospital he relied on alcohol until he signed up to the Team programme.
A 12-week personal development course giving unemployed young people skills to find work, Luke, 26, found a routine and found a love of working with young people.
He said: “The Prince’s Trust staff made me feel they were on my side and saw something in me that I didn’t know I had. That changed everything.
“Not long ago I was so lost I couldn’t even think straight. I desperately needed direction and The Prince’s Trust gave me that. If they hadn’t encouraged me and believed in me I would still be in a very dark place.”
Luke found a work placement with the Enrichment team at Harrogate College and began his career in youth work.
After volunteering full-time with The Trust, he is now a Prince’s Trust learning engagement support worker.
Luke is also learning to drive and has applied for a course in preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS) to get some qualifications and reach out further in his ambitions to work with young people.