The Prince of Wales was tonight awarded 'Londoner of the Decade' at The Evening Standard's Progress 1000 Awards for his work and commitment to young people and the built environment.
The Prince established his Prince’s Trust in 1976 which, to date, has helped more than 825,000 young people find work, training, and education. In London alone, The Trust has helped some 5,000 young people to defeat unimaginable personal odds by offering them training or helping them start their own businesses or learn new skills.
Tonight’s Evening Standard Award for 'Londoner of the Decade' is also in recognition for The Prince's work in the built environment and the work carried out by The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. The Foundation believes that it pays enormous social and environmental dividends to involve local people in the design of the places where they live.
The Prince’s Foundation has so far involved around 8,000 people in the design of over one hundred projects. It has also trained a generation of architects, master-planners and “placemakers” and worked on a huge array of projects that range in scale from new towns and university campuses to individual buildings like the recently opened Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Many of these projects have also resulted in the creation of hundreds (if not thousands) of jobs in the process.