Cleaning up on their life skills

The first Groundwork Prince's Trust team in Blackpool have just completed a ground clearance and tidying project at Barnardo's on Bennett Avenue.'Pictured (front centre) in the new recreation and play area are Barnardo's Senior Practitioner Wendy Arrandale, Team Leader Prince's Trust Blackpool Team 1 Christopher Lambert, with other team members and Barnardo's staff.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-10-2012
The first Groundwork Prince's Trust team in Blackpool have just completed a ground clearance and tidying project at Barnardo's on Bennett Avenue.'Pictured (front centre) in the new recreation and play area are Barnardo's Senior Practitioner Wendy Arrandale, Team Leader Prince's Trust Blackpool Team 1 Christopher Lambert, with other team members and Barnardo's staff. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-10-2012
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DISADVANTAGED youngsters have cleaned up their community as part of a charity project.

The volunteers, aged between 16 and 25, have been involved a 12 week programme aimed at improving their employability, self-confidence and life skills.

The Barnardo's garden before the volunteers undertook the work.

The Barnardo's garden before the volunteers undertook the work.

The scheme, run by The Groundwork Prince’s Trust, has seen the 12 young people spend their time weeding, clearing pubbish and rubble, mowing lawns and jet washing to help improve the Barnardo’s site, in Bennett Avenue, central Blackpool.

The youngsters, who all live in Blackpool, came from a variety of backgrounds.

Some had been taken out of school in the past for behavioural problems while others had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

They were supervised by two team leaders, Adam Glover and Kerrie Wilkie, as well as volunteer Gemma Thorpe.

The Barnardo's garden before the volunteers undertook the work.

The Barnardo's garden before the volunteers undertook the work.

Mr Glover said: “It enables them to take a grip on where they want to go in life and what they want to do with themselves.

“We’ve had some really disengaged characters who have never worked before and couldn’t be in school for one reason or another, and we had a mixed bag of those who have had homelessness issues too.

“The project has been about the idea of getting them into work, getting some qualifications and work placements, and getting some structure into their lives.”

There are still three weeks left of the project, but all of those involved have already found work placements at a number of different companies.

And Mr Glover believes there has been a real progression from those involved throughout the project’s duration.

He said: “They were working on things like leadership skills and being team players.

“There was a lot of responsibility to be delgated too so they all had their own job roles.

“It’s really been bringing out the true characteristics of the people there.”

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