Over the past two years, LDC employees across the UK have collectively recorded more than 40 million steps as part of The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Future Steps’ initiative to raise over £17,500 for young people.
Taking place in February each year, The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Future Steps’ initiative is a 10,000-steps-a-day challenge, which encourages participants to improve wellbeing while helping to transform young lives.
The Prince’s Trust works with 11 to 30-year-olds to help them to develop the confidence and skills to live, to learn and to earn, giving them an increasing stake in our economy and society. The charity’s 2022 Youth Index report, which measures the happiness and confidence of young people across different areas of the lives, revealed that a quarter of young people say that they will never recover from the emotional impact of the pandemic, and almost half (48%) of young people report experiencing a mental health problem. The findings are a stark reminder of the importance of championing and supporting young people to give them opportunities to create a better future.
Having initially partnered with The Prince’s Trust in 2019 to launch Backing Youth Ambition, LDC has since supported more than 1,600 young entrepreneurs through funding, volunteering and fundraising activities across our regional teams and portfolio companies.
In October 2021, we also supported The Prince’s Trust’s Brilliant Breakfast campaign, uniting to support young women and champion gender equality in the workplace. LDC hosted a virtual wellbeing breakfast for female employees which was accompanied by a bespoke breakfast box from a business that had been supported by The Prince’s Trust. As part of the campaign, LDC portfolio company FSP hosted a live event in London on the topic of Female Focus: Storytelling, Empowerment & the Power of Perspective.
LDC has also supported the charity’s shift to providing online courses for young people, with employees offering their time to deliver online workshops designed to help young people enhance their skills and boost their chances of securing employment opportunities.
For more information on LDC’s participation in the challenge and to donate to one team pages, please click here.