A BRIGHT new-look play area was unveiled at a Salford nursery
thanks to a group of young people on a pioneering new scheme run by
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
The first ever Eccles based Prince's Trust scheme is run in
partnership with City West Housing Trust (CWHT) at Eccles Fire
Team member 19-year-old John Cullen said: "For the last couple
of weeks we've been working to renovate a garden play area at
Westwood Smarties Nursery in Winton.
"We chose to renovate the nursery because they don't get
government funding and it doesn't cost very much to send children
"I've lived in Winton for most of my life and I thought it'd be
good to give something back to my local community."
GMFRS delivers Prince's Trust Team programmes to young people
aged between 16 and 25 to help them build confidence and motivation
while gaining new skills and qualifications.
The programme consists of careers advice and work placements, a
week of team building activities and a series of community based
projects designed to give young people the skills and confidence to
find a job.
Each team enrols young people three times a year in seven
different locations including Bolton, Salford, East Manchester,
Trafford, Stockport and Hyde, but this is the first time a team has
run in Eccles and the first time GMFRS has worked in partnership
with a housing trust to run a Prince's Trust programme.
Eccles Prince's Trust Team Leader Angela Sands said: "The team
has worked tirelessly to renovate and clean up the garden at the
nursery which was run down.
"They've been digging, painting and creating a mural for the
children, wood chipping an area and creating a vegetable patch so
the children can learn about growing potatoes and carrots.
"Over the last ten years more than 1,200 young people have
completed a Prince's Trust course with GMFRS and those people have
raised more than £100,000 for local charities and worked with 200
community groups in Greater Manchester, so it's great to be working
in Eccles for the first time and in partnership with CWHT."
The team raised £600 to fund the renovation project by packing
bags in ASDA and holding a cake sale and raffle.
Eccles Station Manager Paul Smitham said: "It's fantastic that
the community of Winton has a lovely new nursery garden and that is
down to the hard work and teamwork of these inspiring young
"It's wonderful to be working in partnership with CWHT to run
the scheme at Eccles Community Fire Station and offer this
opportunity to young people in the area for the first time."
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Councillor
David Acton said: "These young people have developed life changing
skills and community pride and hopefully children and families will
enjoy the nursery garden for years to come."
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