Prince’s Trust Case Study – Robert Bertozzi
Robert Bertozzi transformed his life through a Prince’s Trust programme at CRC – and ended up making a big difference to the lives of others. The 23 year-old has just come back from three months volunteering in Lesotho and is planning to return as a team leader for a six-month trip.
“I would never have had had the confidence to volunteer abroad if it wasn’t for the Team programme. It helped me to become more confident and open new career options to me. It helped with my depression and self-confidence. It made me realise I could overcome barriers and that there were other choices out there.”
Here’s Robert’s story…
Full name: Robert Bertozzi Age: 23
What made you decide to take part on the programme?
My nan saw an advert in the newspaper for the Team Programme and I decided that I would like develop my opportunities in life and decided to book an interview.
What were you doing before you got involved with The Prince’s Trust? eg how long had you been out of work for and why?
I had been out of work for a few months and had lots of part time jobs as I hadn’t found anything I enjoyed. I had previously studied construction but realised after a year of working on sites I didn’t enjoy construction work.
How did you feel about your life before? Were you unhappy, depressed, frustrated?
I felt my life was just going round and round in circles and I wasn’t very happy and started to become depressed.
How did you fill your days while you were out of work?
I would usually spend my time in the pub and staying out late partying or playing video games.
How did you do at school?
I didn’t do very well at school and got in lots of trouble. I found it difficult to concentrate in lessons as I was easily distracted. I was hanging around with the wrong people and not completing my work in school.
How did you feel about the programme before you started?
I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like and what I was in for. I was a bit worried that the other young people were going to have a lot of issues and that I wouldn’t fit in and it wouldn’t be fun.
How did it help you? Do you credit the programme with helping you to get where you are now?
It helped with my depression and self-confidence. It made me realise I could overcome barriers and that there were other choices out there. I would never have had the confidence to volunteer abroad if it wasn’t for the Team programme.
I have recently completed three months volunteering in Lesotho. It has been life-changing. I have a completely different outlook on life and I have learned so much about myself and about the struggles others go through. It has inspired me to want to volunteer more. I am currently working full-time as an assistant bar manager in the meantime.
What was your favourite part of the programme?
Completing the final presentation and realising how far the team and I had come on our journey together. I was proud of my personal achievements. I felt I made some good friends and made a difference in the local community.
What do you think you would be doing now if you hadn’t got support from the Trust?
Stuck in part time jobs, still depressed and spending too much time drinking and partying.
How would you sum up how The Prince’s Trust has helped you?
It helped me to become more confident and open new career options to me.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to go back out to Lesotho or Botswana with ICS as a team leader and complete six months volunteering.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about seeking support from The Prince’s Trust? Would you encourage them to get involved and if so, why?
I would most definitely encourage them to get involved because it is life changing and you develop new skills and improve as a person. I’m much happier with life now and feel I have some direction.