More than a dozen young people have given Acton Trussell Community Centre a revamp as part of the Service’s Prince’s Trust programme.
"The young people worked incredibly hard on the project and the community centre looks really fresh and inviting now. It is used by a lot of local groups so their efforts will be a big benefit for organisations who meet there now and for years to come."
Joyce Underwood - Team Leader
The 16-25-year-olds are taking part in the 12-week ‘Team’ programme which aims to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to get into work or training.
As part of the scheme they had to come up with a project that would benefit the community and raise the money to fund it. They did this by doing bag packs at Tesco in Rugeley and Asda in Stafford, generating £256 in total.
It took the young people seven days to plan their work and then to prepare, paint and decorate the main hall.
Team Leader Joyce Underwood said: “The young people worked incredibly hard on the project and the community centre looks really fresh and inviting now. It is used by a lot of local groups so their efforts will be a big benefit for organisations who meet there now and for years to come.
“The participants felt a real sense of ownership of the project and it has boosted their confidence levels, which is one of the key aims of the Team programme. The course has been designed to give young people who are not in education, employment or training the knowledge and skills they need to take their first steps on the career ladder.”
Safer Communities CIC in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is running the course with The Prince’s Trust.
There are 15 places available on each full-time programme, with the next course due to start on June 1. During the programme, which is based at Stafford Fire Station, Hydrant Way, young people take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help a community. They also undertake a team challenge, which involves working with vulnerable groups.
The young people are able to achieve The Prince’s Trust Certificate or Award in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
Participants on the course are helped to apply for their provisional driving licence, have the chance to sit their theory test at the Service’s headquarters and take part in a driver training programme. This is unique to people on the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service course.
For information on how to apply for future Team programme courses call James Hettihewa-Young on 01785 898532 or Joyce Underwood on 07971 893531. People can also visit Princes.Trust@staffordshirefire.gov.uk http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/princes-trust.asp