Trust youngsters get on track

Prince's Trust hopefuls have been urged to apply for the next intake of volunteers.

Monday, 13th March 2017, 11:38 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:05 am
Some of the Prince's Trust team at Fleetwood Fire Station. Pictured are Sophie Cullingworth, John Reynolds, Ree'ce Cooper, Sophie Ingham and John Cook.

Between 12 and 15 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are wanted to take part in a 12-week programme based at South Shore Fire Station.

Another 12 to 15 are wanted for a similar project at Fleetwood Fire Station.

Fleetwood Team Programme Support Worker Charlie Satterly said: “The programme re-engages young people, helping them to think about their futures. In many cases, it changes their lives.”

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Aimed at people who are unemployed, leaving care, young offenders, students, and those whose jobs are sponsored by their employers, the scheme sees youngsters spend a week away, undertake a community project, complete a work placement, take part in a team challenge, and stage a presentation.

Those who finish it are handed a nationally-recognised City and Guilds certificate.

Charlie said: “While re-building their self-esteem, participants are encouraged to think about their futures, including a post-programme development plan.

“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. This is a great opportunity.”

The latest project saw young people, including Sophie Cullingworth, John Reynolds, Reece Cooper, Sophie Ingham and John Cook, carrying out work on the railway line at Fleetwood.

Contact Charlie on 07900268707 at Fleetwood Community Fire Station.