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Young people celebrate completion of Prince's Trust Team programme

April 27 2018

Prince's Trust Cannock Team 2 celebrate completing the programme!

Prince's Trust Cannock Team 2 celebrate completing the programme!

Young people enrolled on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme with Safer Communities CIC and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have celebrated their successful completion of the course.

“My highlight of the course was doing Karaoke at Tudor House, performing for the elderly, some of whom were suffering with dementia. Seeing them enjoying themselves dancing and singing along was wonderful.”

Tom Nash, Cannock Team 2 participant

The Cannock Team programme has been funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

The event was held at the Service Headquarters on Friday April 27 where the young people were joined by their families, friends, as well as their local work placement providers, to celebrate their achievement.

13 participants completed Cannock Team 2, which is the second programme to be run for this area, while 13 young people completed the Stafford Team 11 programme.

The Team programme is a 12-week personal development course held for 16 to 25-year-olds which see’s participants complete work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

During the course the Cannock Team’s achievements include selling cakes and books at the Service Headquarters and dressing up as Peppa Pig in Cannock town centre where they raised nearly £100 for their community project.

Their chosen project was at the West Chadsmoor Family Centre in Cannock. This family centre offers services for the whole family, including a nursery, adult education through to befriending services and a café to help reduce loneliness and isolation. The project involved gardening and freshening up the play area outside as well as painting the conservatory, office and hallway inside, to create a bright and inviting space for all of the community users.

Speaking about his experience participant Tom Nash, aged 20, from Cannock, said: “Being on Team has helped build my confidence and self esteem. The work placement made me realise my career potential and how valuable I can be as an employee.

“My highlight of the course was doing Karaoke at Tudor House, performing for the elderly, some of whom were suffering with dementia. Seeing them enjoying themselves dancing and singing along was wonderful.”

Cortney Jackson, aged 16, from Cannock, said: “Before I came onto the Team programme my skin was in a really bad state, as I have a skin condition which is aggravated by stress, as well as arthritis. My confidence was very low and I would use hats and lots of clothes to hide behind.

“Being on the programme has helped me to build my confidence and reduce stress and because of this my skin has really cleared up. I was a little unsure about the programme at first as I was the only girl, but I stuck with it and I’ve been able to come out of my shell and have made strong friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Cortney has also enrolled in the Public Services programme at Walsall College, which she will be starting in September.

Tom Nash, Sharron Finch & Cortney Jackson

Sharron Finch, Team Leader for Cannock Team 2, said: “This programme has had some truly positive outcomes and I’m so proud of all the team has achieved.

“Along with Cortney, four other participants have enrolled in apprenticeship programmes through Walsall College in IT, Forestry and Barbering. Two participants have also gone on to have job interviews; one is waiting for the outcome and the other has already begun a full time job in construction.”

 

“The course helped me to build my confidence and I have met new people and made new friends. Through the course I have got myself my first job at The Roofing Yard based in Stafford. I’m really excited and really looking forward to starting.”

Liam Bell, Stafford Team 11 participant

Meanwhile Stafford Team’s achievements include fundraising £170 to complete a community project. They used the cash to purchase paint and decorating materials which they used in the renovation of Signposts Community Café based in Highfields, Stafford. This was a time consuming project which was controlled by the weather but the young people persevered and carried the project through to completion.

The relationship built with Signposts will continue to be used for future work and training placements by the local community and future Prince’s Trust teams.

The team also completed team challenges and worked with The Stafford Mobile Soup Kitchen, raising £70 which was given as a donation. They also prepared, cooked and served the food to Stafford’s homeless community. The young people represented Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince’s Trust impeccably showing compassion and care to the homeless community.

Stafford Team 11 young people

Speaking about her experience participant Karis Benn, aged 26, from Stafford, said: “Overall my experience of Team has been overwhelmingly positive. I joined without a sense of purpose and with no idea what to do with myself. I am leaving a changed woman; my confidence is higher than it has been in a long time.

“I had a degree before joining the Prince’s Trust but couldn’t get a job. I now have an up-to-date CV which I can use for job applications. I think that I will soon be working. After Team I hope to continue on this amazing journey and continue to push myself further and try new things. All it takes is five seconds of courage to try something new.”

Participant Liam Bell, aged 22, from Stafford, said: “The course helped me to build my confidence and I have met new people and made new friends. Through the course I have got myself my first job at The Roofing Yard based in Stafford. I’m really excited and really looking forward to starting.”

Karis Benn, CFO Becci Bryant & Liam Bell

Andrew Boyle, Team Leader for Stafford Team 11, said: “I would like to thank the team for being so honest about the problems they have had in the past. This enabled me and the Assistant Team Leader Sian to design a bespoke programme to help each and every young person to develop and grow as individuals.

“This has been my first 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 11 over the course of the past twelve weeks.”

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 800,000 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

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