Thirteen young people from Cannock have completed the third Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ programme in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“The young people did extremely well with each individual gaining a valuable insight into the work of the fire and rescue service.”
Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young
The five-day programme helped young people aged between 16-25 to experience different aspects of the fire and rescue service, improve their soft skills and to establish and sustain a positive outcome in volunteering, education, employment or training.
The young people were joined by ‘Poi Passion’ for part of the course when they were taught the graceful and rhythmic movement of poi. They were also treated to a fire spinning demonstration. The hypnotic movement is believed to build confidence, co-ordination and an experiential understanding of the balance of left and right side of the body.
At the end of the week the group had a ‘Celebration of Success’ event where local employers and family members got the chance to see what they had learnt during the programme.
Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young said: “The young people did extremely well with each individual gaining a valuable insight into the work of the fire and rescue service. The programme provides support to young people who may have difficult backgrounds and need help with their initial career steps. As a Service we are committed to making a real and positive difference to their lives.”
About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.
The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk / 0800 842 842 / facebook.com/princestrust / Twitter: @PrincesTrust
Images 1 and 2: Kaitlyn Traat from Hensford and Matthew Mitchell from Rugeley
Image 3: Kaitlyn Traat and Firefighter Sharon Finch