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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Prince’s Trust award presented to young people

05/09/2017

Princes Trust group shot
Group shot of the participants and those involved in running the programme

A group of young people have celebrated their successful completion of The Prince’s Trust’s Team course, delivered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“Over the weeks it has been amazing to see the young people’s confidence increase through the activities they have completed and the programme has 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.”

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young

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.

Seven of the eight (one was unable to attend) were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and Team programme Executive Paul Edwards during a ceremony at Cannock Community Fire Station on Thursday August 24.

The event was also attended by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman Stephen Sweeney, Chief Fire Officer Rebecca Bryant and programme leads from The Prince’s Trust.

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

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

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

As part of his engagement work with young people Staffordshire Police Sergeant Stephen Ward from Hanley Police Station supported the programme over a period of 20 days.

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young 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 landscaping a sensory garden for children at Marshlands Primary School as well as taking part in team challenges where they carried out random acts of kindness, including creating gifts of chocolates and flowers, and visiting different groups within the community.

“Over the weeks it has been amazing to see the young people’s confidence increase through the activities they have completed and the programme has 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 in Stafford on September 25 2017, and a further programme will run at Cannock from October 2 2017.

For more information or to apply for either programme please contact James Hettihewa-Young on 07971893252 or email princes.trust@staffordshirefire.gov.uk