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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Prince's Trust award presented to young people

21/08/2015

Prince's Trust 'Team' programme celebration
PRince's Trust 'Team' programme celebration

A group of young people are celebrating after successfully completing The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Team’ course, delivered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"The activities have made a real difference to the young people’s confidence and have also enabled them to gain skills and experience that will help them as they embark upon education, training or employment in the future. I would like to congratulate them all for giving 100 per cent to the course and for successfully passing it."

Team Leader Joyce Underwood

The eight participants, aged between 16 and 25, have achieved The Prince’s Trust Certificate after taking part in the youth charity’s personal development programme.

They were presented with their awards by Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens and ‘Team’ Programme Executive Jayne Rickus during a ceremony at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre.

Chief Fire Service Advisor Sir Peter Holland, Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer, Prince’s Trust Fire Service Liaison Officer George Martin and Prince’s Trust Senior Head of Education, Training and Development Linda Norville also attended the event.

The 12-week Team programme helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence they need to get into work or training.

During the course participants completed a residential programme, six fundraising challenges, a community project, a two-week work placement programme and a team challenge.

The group has also completed an additional qualification, Certificate in Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness, and received free driving lessons from the Service. One participant completed their theory test as part of the course.

Safer Communities CIC in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to launch the charity’s Team programme, which has is being continually supported by Stafford College.

Joyce Underwood, Team Leader, said: "We are incredibly proud of what the young people have achieved over the last 12 weeks. They have completed a community project which involved renovating Hixon Scout Hut as well as taking part in ‘Team Challenges’ where they raised money for an older people’s club, a young mothers’ group and a cricket team for people with disabilities.

"The activities have made a real difference to the young people’s confidence and have also enabled them to gain skills and experience that will help them as they embark upon education, training or employment in the future. I would like to congratulate them all for giving 100 per cent to the course and for successfully passing it."

Linda Norville, Senior Head of Education, Training and Development at The Prince’s Trust said: "Each year, the ‘Team’ programme helps dozens of young people in Staffordshire to take control of their lives while making a valuable contribution to their local communities. We are grateful to the invaluable support of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and look forward to working with its team to help more young people turn their lives around in the future."

The next Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme will start on September 28. Contact Joyce Underwood on 01785 898996 or email joyce.underwood@staffordshirefire.gov.uk