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Prince's Trust Team members graduate in Cannock

December 20 2018
Graduating Prince's Trust Team members with Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and Programme team leader Tom Smith

Graduating Prince's Trust Team members with Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and Programme team leader Tom Smith

Prince’s Trust Cannock Team 4 members have come to the end of their 12 week programme. This milestone is being marked with a presentation event at Cannock Community Fire Station on Thursday, December 20 between 11am and 1pm.

It hasn’t all been about just doing things for themselves. To fundraise for their team challenge, the group upcycled Jigsaws and bottle caps to make Christmas decorations, turning the Team room into a production line. They have raised £45 to date and counting.

Team leader Tom Smith

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. Over the course of the programme the nine participants have been involved in a wide range of activities aimed at increasing their skills, resilience and confidence. This included a three night residential trip to Beaudesert Activity Centre where they took part in team building activities including abseiling, rifle shooting and Monkey Trees, pushing everyone, including the team leaders, out their comfort zones. 

Over the weeks, there have been sessions from the Army, local PCSO’s, weekly Yoga, a Dementia awareness session and visits to the local colleges and the Animal Centre on Rodbaston Campus. As part of their community project they raised £77 in Cannock Town Centre running “Guess the name of the Gecko”, on behalf of Beaudesert Activity Centre.

The team used the money raised to carry out a pond renovation at the activity centre turning an overgrown area into a pond where guests can Kayak. This involved five days of sawing down willow trees, digging up stumps and clearing the overgrown area. 

Programme team leader Tom Smith said: “Work experience was a huge success. From working at a dog groomers, to working at Europe's Largest Model and Hobby Superstore, Wheel Spin Models all the Team members got a lot out of it. Two of the young people were even offered paid employment and volunteer work after successful placements. 

“It hasn’t all been about just doing things for themselves. To fundraise for their team challenge, the group upcycled Jigsaws and bottle caps to make Christmas decorations, turning the Team room into a production line. They have raised £45 to date and counting. For the group’s Community challenge they have chosen to help sort food at the Foodbank, run games at Windsor House Care home (dementia care home) and carry out random acts of kindness in Cannock Town Centre.” 

Of the nine young people who joined Team, four have gained employment, one has signed up to a college course and two of the Team are going to be carrying out volunteer roles. The remaining two are applying for jobs and apprenticeships. 

If you are aged 16-25 and want to change your life in 12 weeks on the Prince’s Trust FREE Team Programme, the next course starts on February 4, 2019. Please contact Tom Smith on 01785 898721 or email tom.smith@staffordshirefire.gov.uk