Has everybody got that Friday feeling? I know I have – having had an interesting and informative week. My good friend Leanne, who lives in Skegness took part on a course at the beginning of the year; it was the Exploring Enterprise course, run by The Prince’s Trust.

For those of you who don’t know, The Prince’s Trust was set up in the 70’s by HRH Big Ears himself; The Prince of Wales. Now, old Charlie may have been the butt of one or two jokes over the years but on finishing his service in the Navy, Charles wanted to help out young, disadvantaged people right across the country thus; The Prince’s Trust was founded. Nearly 50 years in the making, The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged 13-30 year old’s to build a better life for themselves regardless of their background.

One such way they do this, is through the ‘Exploring Enterprise’ course. Now when Lea did the course, she told me all about it naturally and while I thought it sounded interesting and useful, I didn’t understand it in its entirety. However, as a writer you’re self-employed for the most part and seeing as I have a mortal fear of the tax man (That’s one man you really don’t want to mess around, even if it is an accident) and I knew taxes and such were covered in the course, I signed up.

I finished the course this afternoon and I have to say, anyone out there that wants to be self-employed, you could worse than to do this course. The staff are great, the guest speakers/mentors were impressive and inspiring and I learned an awful lot. So, huge thank you to The Prince’s Trust and Tracy particularly – I owe you one.

However, I didn’t just learn from the course material – all in all there were 16 of us there to learn most of this week and I think I have probably learned something from each and every one of them. You’re put in a room round a huge table with complete strangers and its odd but even by the end of the first day you’re already beginning to have a bond – a lad I met on the course hit the nail on the head for me earlier, when he said we were ‘like-minded people’.

I agree almost entirely, but that awful (and rarely seen) girly part of me likes to think it’s much more to do with the heart.

To round off our final day cramped together in that little room we were all awarded our certificates – which we shall treasure forever naturally, then most of us (14 of the 16 I think) headed off to a little nearby Mexican restaurant for a quick drink together before we went off in to the big wide world. As we walked together to the restaurant, I remember thinking, this could all go so horribly wrong.

Once we were all out of that semi-boardroom atmosphere, would we be able to find anything to say to one another? Or would it be one long and awkward silence? To my delight, we seemed to find endless things to talk about and when we headed to the bar I needed to schedule a visit to the little girls room. Without even thinking about it, I handed a ten pound note over to Beth (whom I shall tell you more of later) while I nipped to the loo; it only occurred to me as I took a seat on the porcelain throne, that it had been quite an odd thing for me to do. I only met these people properly, less than 96 hours previously…and I trusted them with my money.

You might not think that’s a big deal, but I kinda do – trust is a massive issue to me and usually, I make people earn it rather than giving it away freely. That should tell you something of the magic of the enterprise course.

My head is so full now that I’m sure its going to burst but I learned so much this week and connected with so many wonderful characters and personalities that I had to share it with you.

Thanks for reading – have a great weekend.

TartanRose

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