YOUNG people have taken part in seven celebrations after
completing a 12-week personal development course with Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
They were among almost 200 people aged between 16 and 25 that
have completed Prince's Trust programmes run by GMFRS over the last
Throughout August, presentation evenings have taken place at
seven locations across Greater Manchester - some 10 years after
GMFRS delivered its first Prince's Trust scheme.
GMFRS' Prince's Trust Delivery Partner Yvonne Neary said: "For
all of our young people the Prince's Trust presentation evening is
a very big occasion and an amazing experience for them, the
culmination of their 12 weeks of hard work.
"Not only have the young people made a difference by working on
seven different community projects, but they gain qualifications
and take part in team building activities that build confidence and
motivation and give the young people better opportunities.
"With the current record levels of youth unemployment, the work
that our Prince's Trust team leaders do with young people from
across Greater Manchester is needed more than ever."
The Prince's Trust programme is run three times a year by GMFRS
in seven areas of Greater Manchester, Wythenshawe, Manchester,
Salford, Stockport, Hyde, Bolton and Trafford.
It consists of careers advice, work placements, a week of team
building activities and a series of community based projects.
It also provides young people the chance to gain qualifications,
including one in food hygiene and first aid at work.
The Presentation evenings - which took place in various
locations across Greater Manchester, including the Reebok Stadium
and Old Trafford - were attended by family and friends of the young
During the presentation evenings, the young people gave a short
talk on what they had gained from their involvement with the
Yvonne added: "All of the presentations were really well
attended by friends, family, partners and GMFRS staff which made
the occasion all the more special for all of the young people
completing the course.
"For all of the young people taking part in all of our Prince's
Trust programmes, they really get so much out of it.
"Time and again during the young people's speeches, they talk of
how the 12 weeks with us provides them with motivation and drive
that they might not necessarily have had before."
The next twelve week Prince's Trust team programmes start on
Monday, September 17, 2012.
Limited places are available, but to apply, find out who to call