Christmas Cheer Comes to Dudley Shopping Centre

Prince's Trust

Students from City of Wolverhampton College brought a bit of festive cheer to a Dudley shopping centre when they organised a charity grotto.

The group, who are all on a 12 week Prince’s Trust personal development programme, set up Santa’s grotto at Churchill Shopping Centre on December 18 to raise cash to spruce up Jim’s Gym in Lye.

Shoppers were able to visit Father Christmas and enjoy a mince pie and a hot drink, for a small donation.

The money will go towards sprucing up a garden area and carrying out painting and decorating at the gym, to encourage more people to take up sport and fitness.

Team Leader Kirsty Major said: “The students did a great job and created a wonderful grotto which was enjoyed by adults and children alike.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.

For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit or call 0800 842 842.

City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include short, evening courses, both part-time and full-time qualifications, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university level courses and foundation degrees and courses for the unemployed.

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