KINDHEARTED STUDENTS BRING A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO CARE HOME

Kind hearted students from City of Wolverhampton College are bringing a splash of colour to a Smethwick care home.

The group of 10 young people, who are all on a Prince’s Trust self development programme, are spending just over a week at Karam Court, Mallin Street, redecorating rooms and sprucing up the garden so that it is more appealing for residents with dementia.

As part of the community project the team are painting the dining and kitchen areas in bright colours as well as trimming hedges.

They raised the cash needed for the work by organising a cake sale in Oldbury town centre and completing bag packs at Asda.

Team Leader Jo Parke said: “The students wanted to give back to the local elderly community and have really enjoyed this project.”

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 http://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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