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The Partnership

In June 2021, we launched our 2-year partnership with The Prince's Trust's an award-winning youth charity. When deciding on a national charity, we were dedicated to selecting an organisation that would support young people's mental health needs and provide post-pandemic aid.

Go Ape and The Prince's Trust will share our employability expertise and outdoor experiences to help 11- 30-year-olds upskill, reskill and build the confidence they need to get back on track in these difficult times.

This partnership will take shape in numerous ways:

The Kickstart Scheme

Created by the government, the Kickstart scheme aims to offer valuable work experience for those aged between 16 - 24 who are receiving Universal Credit.

At the heart of Go Ape are our values which include 'well-rewarded careers' and 'doing the right thing'. By creating over 100 Kickstart placements, we have provided opportunities across all Go Ape areas, including Local Marketing Assistants roles, Maintenance Assistants, Customer Care Specialists, IT Support positions, and more.

Throughout their employment, Kickstarter's have also had access to expert support from The Prince's Trust. Additional employability and up-skilling workshops have been made available in addition to mental health support.

The Prince's Trust also supports the Kickstarter for six months after their placement with Go Ape, and hosts end of placement celebrations to recognise the Kickstarter's hard work and dedication.

Prince's Trust Banana relay

We launched our Prince's Trust partnership in a typically Go Ape style, with an adventurous flair! Our tribe swam, ran, cycled, paddled, kayaked (you get the idea) over 20,000 miles between June and October. Following a route around the world from our home base (Banana HQ, Bury St. Edmunds) across some of the world's highest mountains, we virtually summited peaks including Denali, Everest, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua.

We raised £18,387 in donations, which were match funded by Go Ape. This meant that we handed over a cheque for £34,354 to The Princes Trust.

Map of the Go Ape Banana Relay

Brilliant Breakfast

In 2020 The Prince's Trust launched the Brilliant Breakfast, an opportunity for people and companies across the country to come together and host a breakfast together in support of young women impacted by COVID-19.

The pandemic affected us all, but especially young women, and the Brilliant Breakfast provides this sorely needed help. Since the pandemic, 1.5 million women lost their income and 35% of young mother's skipped meals to survive.

Between Monday 11th and Sunday 17th October 2021, Go Ape celebrated their Brilliant Breakfast's in true Go Ape style with fry ups in Forest Shelters, Croissants on top of ziplines and Segway tours through the trees!

Together we raised a massive £6,665 to help support young women in need of support! This total is in addition to the £772.7k Brilliant Breakfast total raised.

Go Ape Brilliant Breakfast
Go Ape Brilliant Breakfast

Go Ape is now employee owned

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