A memorial garden in honour of Smethwick police officers who have lost their lives has been unveiled by students after being given a makeover.

Students at City of Wolverhampton College spent a fortnight sprucing up the garden at Smethwick Police Station as part of their 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme.

The group of 10 youngsters revealed the newly renovated garden in front of Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Haque and West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie at a special ceremony on May 19.

The students stripped out all of the old flowers, planted new flowers, trimmed back hedges and bushes, removed litter and sanded and re-painted benches. They also raised enough money to have a new plaque made.

The students raised the £850 needed for the renovation by organising bag packs at local supermarkets.

Team Leader PC Jo Parke said: “The students have devoted immense time and effort to renovate the memorial garden. They have been committed in every task and the vast aesthetic improvement is testament to this.

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 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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