STUDENTS DIG IN AT PENDEFORD GARDEN CENTRE

Student create park for Old Tree Nursery

Young people from City of Wolverhampton College have dug in to create a new play area for tots in Pendeford.

The group of 11 students, who are all on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme, spent a fortnight creating the park at Old Tree Nursery in Pendeford Hall Lane, ready for its re-launch in the Summer.

They cleared and edged the ground, and installed a balance beam course and log stepping stones.

The students raised the £300 needed for the work by rowing the equivalent of the English Channel in a sponsored event at The Way Youth Zone and organising cake sales.

Team Leader Michael Hindley said: “I am extremely proud of the students. The hard work and determination that they have put in is truly inspiring and each and every one of them should give themselves a massive pat on the back.”

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.

During the programme the young people take part in an action-packed residential week, organise fundraising activities, carry out voluntary work in the community and benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer.

Participants also get help with job searches, writing a CV and interview skills, and will gain national qualifications in first aid and food safety and certificates in employability, team work and community skills.

The programme was launched in 1990 and City of Wolverhampton College has been delivering courses across the Black Country and Shropshire since September 2000 with over 2000 local young people taking part.

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