STUDENTS TRANSFORM DARLASTON CENTRE

Students from City of Wolverhampton College have given a Darlaston community centre a splash of colour.

The group, who are all on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme, spent a fortnight revamping rooms at the Olio Hub, Midland Road.

The 10-strong team were challenged to repaint the top floor of the building, which had recently been remodelled, so that it could become a recording studio and computer rooms.

The students raised £175 towards the project by completing a bag pack at Asda in Walsall, organising a cake sale and taking part in a sponsored walk and sponsored sleep over at Brownhills Police Station.

Team leader William Jones said: “The group has worked tremendously hard to complete the project in the given time. The community centre now has a vibrant new floor which can be used by the varied groups which call the olio hub home.”

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.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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