Doug Barrowman and The Barrowman Foundation supported The Prince’s Trust, between 2016 and 2019, principally in the building of their Manchester Centre. The charity was founded in 1976, and over the past 40 years The Trust has helped more than 850,000 of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people. Further information about the great work The Trust undertakes can be found on their website.



      • Despite press coverage heralding falling levels of youth unemployment, the landscape for young people in the UK is far from promising.
      • Disadvantaged young people were among hardest hit during the financial crisis and disadvantaged young people continue to be among the most vulnerable in our society.
      • Many young people face daily struggles that can seem insurmountable, including long-term unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, leaving care, trouble with the law and exclusion from school.
      • Manchester and Liverpool have the highest rates of youth unemployment in the North West, 1 in 5 16-24 year olds. In late 2015, a report by Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion showed that Manchester has the greatest extent of high levels of deprivation in England. Delve deeper and we find that 40% of children across Manchester are living in poverty, and almost a quarter of households are claiming housing benefit.

The North West region has established centres in Salford, Bury, Burnley and Liverpool. The Trust’s vision has been to secure the best provision for the Greater Manchester area, with a new state of the art Centre, which will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for those furthest from the job market to find a fresh start.

The Barrowman Foundation is proud to have donated £2million to support the development of this new hub. The new centre, named The Prince’s Trust Doug Barrowman Centre, wasa officially opened on the 18th September 2019 and spans approximately 8,000-10,000 square feet offering co-joined facilities, merging consultation rooms, meeting rooms and training rooms, with flexible activity space and a community hub.The Centre will allow The Trust to:

      • Increase capacity, flexibility and accessibility of the core programmes, allowing The Trust to support disadvantaged young people in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.
      • Improve the quality and relevance of The Trust’s programmes with custom-designed spaces, as well as state-of-the-art digital facilities.
      • Enhance and extend The Trust’s profile as an experienced youth sector provider, opening up new opportunities and relationships with public, private and third sector partnerships.

To read more about the official opening of the new Prince’s Trust Doug Barrowman Centre please click here.

Stories of two young people who have been helped by The Prince’s Trust in Manchester.