Youngsters complete 12 weeks of voluntary work

Staff and young adults on the Princes Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station

Staff and young adults on the Princes Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station

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A group of 16 young people from Fleetwood, Wyre and Fylde have just completed 12 weeks on a life-affirming Prince’s Trust scheme.

The group, from a variety of backgrounds, spent two weeks renovating the changing rooms of Fleetwood Rugby Club as part of the course, painting the walls and sanding down benches.

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station.  Pictured is Courtney Farrell, aged 18.

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station. Pictured is Courtney Farrell, aged 18.

The icing on the cake was a magnificent, red Lancashire rose flawlessly painted onto the wall.

Elsewhere, the project included a team building session at Ingleton in West Yorkshire, abseiling, canoeing and rock claiming.

Then there was a team challenge, which saw the group staging a party for young disabled people and also taking a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease on a day out at the Harris Museum in Preston.

There was also a preparation for employment element to the course as well.

The programme teaches these young people a team ethic, prepares them for the work place and allows them to experience things they would not normally do – it’s incredibly rewarding

The scheme in Fleetwood, one of hundreds across the UK, is based at Fleetwood Fire Station and delivered by members of the fire and rescue service for people aged 16-25.

Support worker Angela Middleton said: “The programme teaches these young people a team ethic, prepares them for the work place and allows them to experience things they would not normally do – it’s incredibly rewarding.

“During the 12 weeks the young people gain uncover hidden talents, improve their motivation and self-confidence, assume some responsibility and leadership, develop teamwork and communication skills, raise their awareness of their local community and how they can contribute to it.

“The programme has a 70 per cent success rate for young people going on to jobs, training or voluntary work.”

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station.  Pictured are Milly Wareing and James France, both 19.

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station. Pictured are Milly Wareing and James France, both 19.

The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 by Prince Charles. HRH The Prince of Wales had completed his duty in the Royal Navy, and decided to set up an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Now in its 40th year, the Trust has helped more than 825,000 young people.

Contact Emma on 07796 147383 or Angie on 07900 268707 at Fleetwood Community Fire Station, or contact Natalie on 07900 268711 or Emma on 07799 115628 at South Shore.

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station.  Pictured is Justin Parkinson, aged 21.

Young adults on the Prince's Trust scheme at Fleetwood Fire Station. Pictured is Justin Parkinson, aged 21.