Young people enrolled on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have celebrated successful completion of the course.
The Team programme is essentially about helping young people to develop the skills they need to gain employment and lead a happy and healthy life. Seeing them unlock their potential is so satisfying, as is seeing their improved overall outlook on life as the programme progresses.
The Cannock Team 3 celebration event was held at Cannock Community Fire Station on Wednesday August 22 and the Stafford Team 12 event was held the Service’s Headquarters on Thursday August 23.
The 16 young people, aged between 16 and 25, were joined by their families to celebrate their achievements.
The Team programme is a 12-week personal development course which see’s participants complete work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week. The Cannock Team programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities CIC’s Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager, said: “We’re very proud of all the Team participants who have shown great resilience and determination to complete the programme.
“Each young person has their own reasons for enrolling on Team and all of them have faced different challenges during the 12 weeks. It’s so inspiring to see them develop and grow in confidence.
“The Team programme is essentially about helping young people to develop the skills they need to gain employment and lead a happy and healthy life. Seeing them unlock their potential is so satisfying, as is seeing their improved overall outlook on life as the programme progresses.”
Cannock Team 3
During the programme the Team camped for their residential, taking part in challenging activities such as scrambling, which helped the young people bond and work as a team.
For their community project they renovated a communal garden for the residents of the YMCA in Rugeley. Their Team challenges included running a flying themed activity stall for children at Hednesford Park, using upcycled rockets and helping to restore the War Memorial garden in Hednesford.
Alec Voss, Prince’s Trust Team Leader for Cannock 3, said: “As the final part of the course the Team attended their celebration event and it went really well. They have faced so much together and I am genuinely so proud of what Cannock Team 3 have achieved; a couple were happy for me to share their stories.
“Henry Floyd Foulds, 17, from Cannock, came to the programme with no direction or motivation and not believing he had a skillset. He is very creative and has been brilliantly valuable in all the team planning elements, coming up with many good ideas. He has enrolled in an Art and Design course at college and has found motivation to go out there and prove himself.
“Henry’s communication has improved and he did very well during the challenge, engaging wonderfully with the children during the activities. He has turned his perspective around brilliantly.”
“When Tia Potter, aged 20, from Hednesford, began Team she was incredibly nervous and terrified at the prospect of going on work experience, giving a presentation or holding a family fun day with children at the park. In 12 weeks she has achieved all of this and more. She did work experience at a local family centre and did really well. She also gave a presentation to her peers about her experience at the nursery and I’m very proud of this. Tia has enrolled at college on a course to help her work with children in early years and primary settings. Brilliant!”
Stafford Team 12
The young people’s achievements during the course include completing a camping residential where the young people did a 10k hike and a community project where they created a video in partnership with Staffordshire police.
They also completed work placements at local businesses including, followed by job application support including learning how to write CVs, covering letters and how to prepare for interviews.
Finally, they took part in a family fun day at the Signpost Centre in Stafford and delivered packs to the Salvation Army to help and support homeless people.
Andrew Boyle, Prince’s Trust Team Leader for Stafford Team 12, said: “Throughout Team we have helped the young people realise the benefits of exercise and healthy eating by running yoga sessions, mindfulness and heritage walks. Five students also opted into our Cycle to Team offer where they were given a bike which they used to attend the programme, along with bicycle safety and maintenance training.
“We also explored how to prepare healthy microwave meals for one and the young people learnt about fire, road and cyber safety from the Fire Service and Staffordshire Police.”
Speaking about his experience participant Mike Broome, aged 22, from Stafford, said: “Before Team I had lost control of my life and ended up homeless for a while. Since joining Team I can see a brighter future and I’ve started applying for jobs and I’m looking at getting my own flat.
“I’ve made some great friends who are having a more positive influence on my life. I hope to be in full-time employment again soon in the catering industry.”
Victoria Pepper, aged 18, from Penkridge, said: “Before Team I was struggling at home as a full-time carer for my mother. We needed help with finding a new property and benefits advice and we didn’t know who to turn to.
“Team has helped me to address our housing needs, our benefits and our emotional health. I can see life starting to change for the better for both myself and my mother.”
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