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Prince’s Trust Team Graduates from Stafford

December 19 2018
Stafford Team 13

Stafford Team 13

Prince’s Trust Stafford Team 13 members have come to the end of their 12 week programme. This milestone was marked with a presentation event at Rising Brook Community Fire Station on Tuesday, December 18.

As Team Leader for Stafford Team 13, I would like to thank the team for being so honest about the problems they have had in the past. This enabled Sian (Assistant Team Leader) and me to develop a bespoke programme to help each and every young person to develop themselves and grow as an individual.

Prince's Trust Team Leader Andrew Boyle

Aimed at young people aged 16 -25, the Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a personal development course offering confidence building, work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential stay. 

Stafford Team 13 Team programme started on October 1 2018. During the 12 weeks the young people completed a number of community-related events which made a real difference to the community they live in. 

The seven young participants completed a Community Project working with The Salvation Army initially painting an attic space in one of the Salvation Army bases and then working on a green space for the Salvation Army community members to use. To raise the funds for this the team had a bake sale at the Staffordshire Police Headquarters raising £112. 

This team worked closely with the Central England Co-operative. We had an employed team member, who provided real life experience of working your way up in a career and his experiences benefitted the Team. Central England Co-operative also provided training and employability workshops and introduced the young people to the huge selection of jobs available in the Co-operative. A number of the participants took them up on their kind offer of a work placement opportunity. With two of them being offered and accepting customer service positions. 

Stafford Team 13 also raised an incredible £170 for their Team Challenge using this to provide 20 care packages for Open Door; a charity working with the homeless. The packages contained hats and gloves knitted and crocheted by the community in Stafford. They also hosted a community coffee morning for the elderly who use the Salvation Army community centre serving mince pies and hot drinks and raising people’s morael on the run up to Christmas. 

Team leader, Andrew Boyle said: “We’ve had several positive outcomes already for Stafford Team 13. Well done to Joe Williams and Oliver Munday for obtaining jobs with the Central England Co-operative and to Charlotte Newman who will be going off to University after Team. Edward Horton is hoping to set up his own dog grooming business with the help of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise scheme following Team. The rest of our students will be working with other training providers to continue their positive journey into employment. I can’t thank the Central England Co-operative enough for their involvement and the offers of employment to our students. They made a real difference to the young people they worked with. 

“As Team Leader for Stafford Team 13, I would like to thank the team for being so honest about the problems they have had in the past. This enabled Sian (Assistant Team Leader) and me to develop a bespoke programme to help each and every young person to develop themselves and grow as an individual. This has been a fantastic Team and I will remember you all. Thank you for working with me and trusting me. It has been a privilege to work with and support you. A special thank you goes out to Sian for her hard work and commitment. I’d also like to thank all the agencies who have supported Stafford Team 13 over the course of the past twelve weeks.” 

Anyone interested in finding out more about Prince’s Trust courses in Stafford should contact team leader Andrew Boyle on 01785 898648 or email him at Andrew.boyle@staffordshirefire.gov.uk