Centre spruce up for Wisbech community
A WISBECH community centre has been spruced up by young people taking part in Fenlandâ€™s Princeâ€™s Trust Team programme.
The group spent two weeks re-invigorating the outdoor areas of The Oasis Centre, in St Michaelâ€™s Road, as part of their work in the community on the 12-week programme.
Participants on the course identified the project, raised over Â£400 to support it, planned, managed and carried out the work in just two weeks, along with help from Wisbech firefighters.
Steve Lucas, of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Leader of the Princeâ€™s Trust Team programme in Fenland, said: â€œThe young people have really got stuck in to this project from all angles. It has been a real learning curve as every person had to project manage at some point, helping them to develop skills and overcome personal challenges to bring the team together.
â€œThe young people wanted to bring some life back in to the outdoor areas and so they re-laid decking, painted fences, repaired planter boxes and put new flowers in. We really hope the local community enjoy the improvements this summer.â€
A bag pack raised Â£327, which the team combined with over Â£100 made during a car wash, to fund the project. Donations to the project were also made by Tesco March, Tesco Wisbech, Halfords, Buildbase, J T Campion Nursery, Barret's Bridge Nursery, Union Jack Nursery, Community Repaint March and Ridgeons.
Chris Stevens, Oasis Centre and Trust Manager, said: â€œI just want to say that the group of young people that are working on the garden from the Fenland Princeâ€™s Trust have been a fantastic group. They have all worked so hard, are extremely polite and we definitely wouldnâ€™t have been able to have achieved what they have achieved in such a short space of time. I hope that they all find work because they will be a credit to any company. What is great is that none of them are afraid of hard work and they are all willing to try everything. I would like to wish them all the best for the future.â€
The Prince's Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course for disadvantaged, unemployed 16-25 year olds which aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result, enables young people to move on with their lives. Three in four young people who are helped by The Princeâ€™s Trust move into work, education, or training.
The scheme is delivered by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and is run in partnership with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the College of West Anglia.
Participants are taking part in teambuilding activities, work placements, careers advice and support, presentation skills and team challenges, and have completed a week-long residential stay at Grafham Water. At the end of the course students can also gain a Princeâ€™s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and an Emergency First Aid Certificate.