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Department of Veterans’ Affairs Funding Announcement

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SUPPORTS PRINCE’S TRUST AUSTRALIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

9 November 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia (PTA) is pleased to announce grant funding for entrepreneurship training and programs from the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

The grant funding is part of a $6 million package announced as part of the 2020-21 Budget to broaden the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, with this to include assistance for veterans and their families considering self-employment through small business development and entrepreneurship.

The veteran community is uniquely positioned to contribute to Australia’s small business community, having developed key skills including in innovation, problem solving, agility and project management.

To date, Prince’s Trust Australia has supported more than 450 participations through their entrepreneurship training program.  The program provides transitioning defence members, veterans, and their families with the confidence, skills and support they need to explore and start their own businesses.

With support from the Australian Government, Prince’s Trust Australia will continue to scale and develop new programs designed to build capacity and competitiveness for veteran and family entrepreneurs across Australia.

The Hon Julie Bishop, Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia remarks:

“Today our veterans and their families face complex challenges as the future of work is changing rapidly.

The funding support received from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) will enable us to rapidly scale our successful and high impact Enterprise for Veterans program.

Our program is unique in two important ways. First, it supports veterans to develop the entrepreneurial and technical skills to start and grow a small business.

Secondly, it supports veterans’ partners, as their careers have often been impacted by life in the defence force.

Our program is free and gives veterans the confidence, networks and skills they need to set up a business.

The funding will enable us to support even more veterans and their families to continue to make a contribution in their post-military life”

Prince’s Trust Australia is working towards a target to support 10 percent of all transitioning defence members into self-employment by 2023.

Why is this important?

The adjustment to civilian life after the military is complex for contemporary veterans and their families.

For veterans, navigating challenges, including translating skills and capabilities to civilian workplaces, and change of identity and purpose, can have a significant impact on their long-term well-being.

Career opportunities for Defence spouses are often impacted by frequent posting relocations, geographical proximity to workplaces, unemployment or long-term underemployment, and caring responsibilities that are amplified during an ADF member’s absence.

Prince’s Trust Australia programs are designed to help Defence members and their families consider entrepreneurship and small business as an alternative employment pathway.

Prince’s Trust alumni are building businesses in organic skincare, furniture design, life coaching, photography, cybersecurity, e-commerce, tourism and hospitality, property maintenance, property development, real estate, aviation, yoga, nutrition, social enterprise, apparel, fitness, trauma consulting, childcare, publishing, motivational speaking, and veteran support services. To date, we have more than 100 veteran-community businesses currently in operation across Australia.

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About Prince’s Trust Australia

Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.  The Prince’s Trust Australia Trust is chaired by The Hon Julie Bishop.

Prince’s Trust Australia is the only national not-for-profit organisation assisting veterans and their families with the confidence, capabilities, and networks they need to safely explore self-employment and engage successfully in the rapidly changing world of work. We have been delivering and designing these programs since 2015, guided by an Advisory Council, chaired by the Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and attended by Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC, Head of People Capability at Department of Defence. 

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to military veterans and their families, young people, Indigenous communities, and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Jasmine Cooper Sutton, Director for Defence Members and Their Families at Prince’s Trust Australia.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

The Prince’s Quarter: A Sydney First is Coming to Life

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THE PRINCE'S QUARTER: A SYDNEY FIRST IS COMING TO LIFE

6 October 2020

Sustainability and consultation are at the centre of all Prince’s Trust Australia building projects and we are delighted to announce that in July 2020, the City of Sydney Council endorsed the Planning Proposal submitted by NSW Government, Land and Housing Corporation for The Prince’s Quarter development project in Glebe, a collaboration with Prince’s Trust Australia.  

Australian cities are facing unprecedented levels of population growth and the need to build more housing. At the same time, new sustainable ways of building and living need to be explored for our sakes and for the wellbeing of the planet.   

The Prince’s Quarter in Glebe is a deliberate response to the need for more higher and quality social and market housing in Glebe, and is designed in a way that builds upon the historic identity of this beautiful part of Sydney. This building project aims to show how we can do density well, which is a major goal for the City of Sydney in the face of these pressures.  

Community and stakeholder consultation has helped guide design development and this will continue throughout the planning approval processSocial housing unit numbers will increase from 19 to 35 and an additional 39 new market homes will be built, creating a healthy mixed-use community for this part of Glebe. Our goal at The Prince’s Trust Australia is to share with the site’s owner - the NSW Land and Housing Corporation - the expertise that has been built up over decades of work by The Prince’s Foundation and The Duchy of Cornwall projects in the UK at Poundbury and Nansledan 

This is a truly exciting time for Prince’s Trust Australia as our Sustainable Communities team works on its first Sydney project and first mid-rise development. The Prince’s Quarter, the work of architects Johnson Pilton Walker, sits on the intersection between the historic terraces of Glebe and the warehouses of Ultimo and the design deliberately reflects and celebrates the unique heritage of the area. The result will be the transformation of a 1,800 square metre site into a showcase sustainable and mixed-income housing project, consisting of 74 dwellings across two eight-storey brick “woolstore” style apartments and five Glebe-inspired terrace houses.  

The world over communities flourish when an inclusive mix of housing is built with a respect for local identity, sustainably developed and with nature brought into the heart of new placemaking. The Prince’s Quarter’s crowning glory will be a community urban farming initiative on the roof and we hope the project will be a useful contribution to the conversation we all need to have in Australia about adding density to our cities whilst improving upon communities quality of life and enabling them to flourish as a result. 

The new development demonstrates the NSW Governments ‘Local Character and Place Guidelines’ and ‘Better Placed’ design policy in action and will achieve a high standard in sustainability through careful design and material selection as well as additional green space through shared residential rooftop urban gardensPrince’s Trust Australia will also work closely with NSW Land and Housing Corporation to consider work experience opportunities for young people during construction.  

Watch this space…. 

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

A Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales for Climate Week

HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES LAUNCHES RE:TV FOR CLIMATE WEEK

21 September 2020

Source: The Official Website of HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales delivered a virtual keynote speech to launch the start of Climate Week NYC 2020. Run in coordination with the UN, Climate Week brings together international figures from the private, public and philanthropic sectors to discuss climate action.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said:

“Industries have obviously had to focus on dealing with the immediate impact of this horrendous pandemic, but the fascinating thing is I think a lot of people have still wanted fortunately to focus on the green recovery.

“We’ve so degraded natural systems, eco-systems, bio-diversity, that it’s becoming increasingly impossible for nature to sustain us. At the moment it’s all take, take. Now we’ve reached the situation where we really need four planets like earth to survive or provide enough for everybody. And there is a better world out there. We can operate our industries far better”

Launched in Davos at the World Economic Forum in January, The Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative aims to support communities, businesses, investors and consumers to take the urgent and necessary steps required to transition to more sustainable practices.

In His Royal Highness's speech, The Prince announced the launch of RE:TV, a new global platform for compelling films and articles by the Sustainable Markets Initiative, showcasing solutions from around the world to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.

RE:TV champions inspiring solutions from around the world. With content curated by The Prince of Wales, viewers are able to explore content in five defined sub-channels: Re:Imagine, Re:Design, Re:Balance, Re:Invigorate, and Re:Invest .

Explore RE:TV > www.re-tv.org

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About SMI

The Sustainable Markets Initiative, and its 10-point Action Plan, was launched by HRH in January 2020.  In response to the coronavirus pandemic, HRH and Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, launched ‘The Great Reset’ in June 2020 as a way to seize the narrow window of opportunity to reimagine, redesign, rebuild, reinvigorate and rebalance our world.

Working with “Coalitions of the Willing’, HRH’s SMI’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable future by putting people, planet and Nature at the heart of global value creation.

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

 

LAUNCHING AN AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE OF VETERAN-COMMUNITY BUSINESSES

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LAUNCHING AN AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE OF VETERAN-COMMUNITY BUSINESSES

21 September 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Veteran Community Business Chamber (VCBC) to proudly profile Australian veteran-community businesses.

This month, Prince’s Trust Australia and the Veteran Community Business Chamber launch Buy Veteran, a fifteen-week digital campaign designed to showcase the diversity of veteran-community businesses and inspire veterans and their families to explore self-employment.

The campaign will feature veteran and ADF partner owned and founded businesses across Australia.

Prince’s Trust Australia acknowledges the veteran-community as Defence personnel and their family members who are serving or have served in the Australian Defence Force.

Over the last five years, Prince's Trust Australia has supported veterans and their families into business by providing them with the confidence, skills and networks they need to explore self-employment and prepare for the rapidly changing world of work. To date, there are more than 100 veteran and ADF family businesses in Prince’s Trust Australia’s Enterprise network, running businesses as diverse as organic skincare, furniture design, property development, health and fitness, defence industry and technology.

The Hon Julie Bishop, Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia remarks:

“Today our veterans and their families face complex challenges as the future of work is changing rapidly.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise for Veterans program is unique in that it supports veterans to be entrepreneurial and to start and grow a small business.

Our program is free and gives veterans the confidence, networks and skills they need to set up a business.

This new campaign “Buy Veteran” provides a great opportunity to support these businesses and help our veterans continue to make a contribution in their post-military life.”

The Veteran Community Business Chamber (VCBC) was founded in 2019 by two alumni of Prince’s Trust Australia, entrepreneurs and Army veterans Peter Liston and Matthew Moseley. VCBC’s mission is to unleash the potential of the veteran community through entrepreneurship. Co-CEO Peter Liston remarks:

“Serving in the military can be a great platform to start your own business.

The veterans, serving members and their partners within our community have demonstrated commitment, a social consciousness and passion for their business.

They are still serving, just no longer in uniform. They are now behind a counter of your local shop, working on the tools as your local tradie, or providing you professional services.

You can find a veteran business owner in every industry and every community.” 

The campaign draws on the success of the Prince’s Operational Entrepreneur Buy Veteran campaign at Prince’s Trust Canada, launched in 2016.

Stories from the campaign are featured online and via Instagram.

Veterans or ADF family members interested in entrepreneurship are encouraged to participate in a free Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise program.

Veteran-community businesses are encouraged to register their business for free with the Veteran Community Business Chamber.

Veteran-community businesses interested in being featured for the campaign are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest.

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Jasmine Cooper Sutton, Director for Defence Members and Their Families at Prince’s Trust Australia.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About Prince’s Trust Australia:

Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

About The Veteran Community Business Chamber:

The Veteran Community Business Chamber’s mission is to unleash the potential of the veteran community through entrepreneurship. The VCBC supports veteran and family businesses with ongoing business education and networking, a free business registry, and digital transformation support.

Visit: www.vcbc.org.au

 

 

Launch of Achieve Fest 9-10 September

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Second Achieve Fest Announced

20 August 2020

Following the success of our first Achieve Fest in June, Prince’s Trust Australia is delighted to offer a second Achieve Fest this September.

Achieve Fest is a free, two-day online immersion designed to explore identity, build networks, and develop the skills needed to thrive now and into the future.

Held on 9 & 10 September from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. AEST, Achieve Fest is open to young people aged 12 to 24 years, educators, and parents/guardians across Australia.

Featured speakers include Grace Forrest of Walk Free, Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation, as well as workshops from UN Youth, The Big Issue, Zoos Victoria and High Resolves.

A Video Message from HRH The Prince of Wales to Victorians

THE PRINCE OF WALES SENDS A VIDEO MESSAGE TO VICTORIANS

18 August 2020 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales addresses the people of Victoria in a new video message recorded from his home. 

In the video message, The Prince of Wales said

“I know that Victorians, like all Australians, are tenacious and resilient -- or indeed, as you might say in Australia, made of 'tough stuff'. My wife and I have endless admiration for your seemingly unceasing capacity for good humour in the face of great hardship. However, I realise that this capacity has been sorely tested this year, which has certainly been a tremendously difficult one for Australia, and especially if I may say so, for Victoria.” 

You can view the full message via the Governor of Victoria here.

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.

Phone: 03 8672 9130 | Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

Training dogs to heal

Tricia Reynolds spent more than 20 years with the Royal Australian Air Force – starting her career in supply but moving on to working as a dog handler.

Kangaroo Island Bushfire Recovery Collaboration Announced

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KANGAROO ISLAND BUSHFIRE RECOVERY COLLABORATION ANNOUNCED

4 August 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia is proud to announce a new partnership with the community of Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island to assist in the rebuild of the Stokes Bay Community Hall.

Severely damaged during the devastating 2019-20 bushfire season, the Stokes Bay Community Hall was an important gathering place for local residents, and its reconstruction will be a priority in the local bushfire recovery process.

Prince's Trust Australia will support a community consultation process to redevelop the Stokes Bay Community Hall. The consultation process will champion community engagement and feedback while reflecting traditional architecture, environmentally responsible building practices, and disaster resilience techniques.

The consultation process draws on more than twenty years' experience in designing sustainable, vibrant communities across the globe through the BIMBY framework, designed by The Prince's Foundation.

The project will also explore education and training opportunities, including supporting career pathways for local young people and businesses through the redevelopment.

The Stokes Bay Community Hall Committee and Prince's Trust Australia will host the community consultation process in Stokes Bay on 21 August 2020.

Further details to follow.

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au