Smiles at top tea party treat

Roy Meanley from Groundwork spends time with Malachy at Brian House children's Hospice.
Roy Meanley from Groundwork spends time with Malachy at Brian House children's Hospice.
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A group of young people gave some of the Fylde coast’s most poorly children a party to remember.

Team members at Groundwork in Blackpool put together a grand party for youngsters at Brian House Children’s Hospice, including games and treats.

Groundwork members with the children.

Groundwork members with the children.

And the children were given an extra treat when Micky Mouse popped by for the occasion.

Money for the party was made during a charity bag pack at Morrisons in South Shore, which raised £400 last week.

The young people at Groundwork, who are currently on a course to boost their employability and personal skills for a Prince’s Trust qualification, decided what treats to buy for the children, and even bought special presents which were handed out during yesterday’s visit.

Groundwork team leader Kerrie Wilkie said: “It was lovely seeing them doing things for other people and enjoying it.

“It was especially nice they were given a tour of Brian House and getting to see the children there and play games with them.”

A spokeswoman for Brian House at Trinity Hospice in Bispham said: “It is always a pleasure to see the young people from the Groundwork team and to be able to show them the facilities we have at Brian House and tell them more about the work we do.

“Of course the children were happy to meet their visitors too.”

As well as the children at Brian House, the young people also put on an afternoon tea for residents at Rosehaven Care Home on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.

Kerrie said: “They’d bought some cupcakes and served tea for an afternoon.

“Some of them danced with the older people, and one brought in their guitar and played songs. They absolutely loved it.”

The visits were organised by the team members as part of the course’s ‘helping 
people in the community’ agenda, aimed at helping people who are not as lucky as them.

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Young people are ready to go into work

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The young people taking the Groundwork course have a new focus on getting into work.

The 12-week programme is almost at an end, and the youngsters working towards their Prince’s Trust qualification have been making progress in their employability skills.

Groundwork team leader Kerrie Wilkie said: “We have our final presentation with them next week, and some have already signed up for an essay coaching course, some are going to be apprentices and some want to go straight into work.
“They’ve loved coming in every day, and it’s been great seeing them progress during the course.”

At Groundwork, the young people have trained in health and safety, food hygiene, drugs and alcohol awareness and knife and gun crime issues.

They have learned how to create a CV, undergone mock interviews and work experience as well as a week-long residential.

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