Youngsters from a Palfrey school are enjoying summer in their playground, after it was renovated by students from City of Wolverhampton College.
The group of students, who are all on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme, spent a fortnight sprucing up the grounds at Palfrey Infant School.
The 9-strong team relocated trees, laid bark, planted flowers donated benches and gave everything a lick of paint as part of their project.
They raised over £500 for the project by bag packing in a local supermarket, organising a raffle and holding a sponsored silence. Pupils at the school raised an additional £172 through a non uniform day.
Team Leader William Jones said: “The team have worked really hard on the project over the last few weeks and have created a wonderful, colourful area that will be used and enjoyed by the 300 pupils at the school.”
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.