Six young people who took part in NatWest Thrive during 2022 had the unforgettable experience of meeting Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort at a special event at the Norbrook Community Centre, Wythenshawe, Manchester today.

Their Majesties joined National Youth Agency CEO, Leigh Middleton, Alison Rose, CEO NatWest, Marg Jobling, Chief Marketing Officer, NatWest, and young people who have taken part in Natwest Thrive

The visit provided an opportunity for Their Majesties to meet some young people who use the youth club, as well as meet the NatWest Graduates and find out more about the programme and the impact it had on the young people who participated in the pilot last year.

Prince’s Trust Goodwill Ambassador, Gareth Southgate OBE and representatives of the National Literacy Trust also attended to describe their programmes to enrich the lives of young people.

Alisia and Paddy who attended NatWest Thrive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group; Tiana and Tiger, from Solve in Birmingham; Toke from Active Horizons, in South-East London and Masum from the Osmani Trust in East London, discussed with Their Majesties how NatWest Thrive has boosted their confidence with money as well as their wellbeing.

The group also participated in a discussion with Their Majesties, Alison Rose and Leigh Middleton about what they enjoyed the most about taking part in NatWest Thrive and how it has helped them to think differently about achieving their future goals.

The event provided an opportunity for the announcement of the wider roll out of NatWest Thrive with the ambition of supporting double the number of clubs to deliver the programme to their young people by the end of the year.

Furthermore NatWest pledged to invest a further £2.92 million through its apprenticeship Levy transfer scheme to support skills development in the sector, as well as develop a staff volunteering scheme to help youth work organisations with their delivery and also improve the way they are run.

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