Hard working students from City of Wolverhampton College have dug deep to help renovate gardens at a Dudley community centre.
The group of eight students on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme spent a fortnight transforming the grounds at Wrens Nest Community Centre.
They created raised beds for the centre’s gardeners club, assembled a shed and designed and created a memorial area.
The group raised the cash needed for the project by bag packing at Asda Brierley Hill, holding a cake sale and taking part in a sponsored overnight event.
Team Leader Hayley Brooks said: “The team have worked very hard on raising money for their project especially to complete tasks on their overnight sponsored escape and evasion event where they had storm Barney against them. This saw them doing two river crossings, marking nine check points and returning back to cook around a camp fire.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.
During the programme the young people take part in an action-packed residential week, organise fundraising activities, carry out voluntary work in the community and benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer.
Participants also get help with job searches, writing a CV and interview skills, and will gain national qualifications in first aid and food safety and certificates in employability, team work and community skills.
The programme was launched in 1990 and City of Wolverhampton College has been delivering courses across the Black Country and Shropshire since September 2000 with over 2000 local young people taking part.
The Prince’s Trust aims to support 58,000 vulnerable young people this year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.
For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.
For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.