Royal award for Welwyn Garden City woman?

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 October 2011

Zoe Cree

Zoe Cree


EXCLUDED from school at 15, left home at 17 to live in a hostel, Zoe Cree was struggling to find a direction in life.

Today, just three years on, she has been nominated for a royal award.

This is the tale of a WGC woman who has turned her life around with help from The Prince’s Trust.

Zoe, now 20, was unemployed for a few years after she had struggled at school and had become disruptive, particularly in subjects she didn’t understand or had no interest in.

When she left home, following a troubled relationship with her mum, Zoe turned to The Prince’s Trust Get into Hospital Services programme in June 2009.

The scheme gives unemployed young people the skills and confidence they need to find a job.

And it was here she started to take stock of herself and her life.

She made new friends, gained new skills and qualifications and, after completing work experience on the course, was offered a 12-month apprenticeship with the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, working in the medical admissions unit at the QE2 Hospital.

In August 2010, Zoe was offered a permanent contract as clinical support worker. In October 2010, Zoe started studying for her apprenticeship level three qualification.

And now she has been nominated for The Prince’s Trust’s the L’Oréal Paris Young Achiever at Monday’s awards, which honour the achievements of disadvantaged young people supported by the trust who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.

Zoe said: “The Prince’s Trust has changed my world forever.

“Over the past four years I have learnt so much about myself and working for the NHS.

“I have a job that I love, and for the first time I have a future.”

Gayle Tait, general manager at L’Oréal Paris UK & Ireland said: “We would like to congratulate Zoe on being nominated for this award and wish her the best of luck.”

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