The Fairbridge programme is an individually tailored personal development programme for young people aged between 13 and 25. It combines one-to-one support and group activities, delivered by a dedicated team in Prince's Trust Centres.

The programme helps marginalised and disengaged young people who face a range of issues and barriers in their lives. It empowers them through positive opportunities and experiences and helps them re-engage with society.

The aim of the programme is for young people to gain personal and social skills needed to stabilise their life circumstances and ensure that their situation does not degenerate further, as well as the confidence and motivation they need to move into a positive outcome (education, employment, training or volunteering).

In 2011, 2,467 young people went on an Access course. Most were classed as having ‘multiple needs’, such as homelessness, substance misuse or a history of offending. 85 per cent of those that finished the programme went on to positive steps or outcomes.

Fairbridge is currently delivered through our Prince's Trust Centres based in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

The programme begins with a five day Access course. It’s specifically designed for young people who may have struggled with more structured programmes and is delivered using challenging, adventurous activities including a few days away from home at an outdoor residential venue.

Young people then choose from a wide variety of Follow On courses to develop personal and social skills that are practised in a range of relevant life situations as the young person moves through the programme.

Young people receive one-to-one support from a dedicated staff team in The Prince’s Trust Centre, which helps them to get the most from the experience. The programme continues for as long as it’s needed and, once ready, young people are supported in Moving On to a positive step or outcome.

Young people can:

  • Tailor the programme to suit their needs
  • Develop personal and social skills allowing them to take responsibility for, and learn from, their own actions and behaviour;
  • Access intensive one-to-one support;
  • Find support to work on their self-confidence and motivation;
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications;
  • Access a wider network of opportunities.