Students Put £5,000 Back into Local Community

Walsall Prince's Trust team celebrate achievements

Three youngsters who have put back £5000 into the local community while also improving their career prospects are celebrating their achievements.

Stacey Smith 20 from Willenhall, Ryan Daubney, 17, from Wednesfield and Jak Davis, 17, from Willenhall, completed a 12 week Prince’s Trust personal development programme in partnership with Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact team, City of Wolverhampton College and One Stop.

As part of the course they raised cash through fundraising activities which included a cake sale and packing grocery bags and contributed over 500 hours to volunteering activities such as painting community venues.

One Stop’s learning and development team also conducted one and one mock interviews with the group to prepare them for future interviews.

Young adult Stacey Smith said: “I signed up to Black Country Impact to help with my confidence and they’ve been great as they connected me with the Princes Trust, helped with travel costs during the programme and updated my CV. I volunteered at the Chart Centre which has been invaluable in helping to improve my confidence. The whole experience has been life changing as I now know what path I want to take in life.”

Councillor Lee Jeavons, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said: “The council’s delivery of Black Country Impact is leading the way in connecting young adults with organisations, such as The Prince’s Trust. Working together, we are making a real difference to the lives of young adults. Funding travel costs helps overcome financial barriers which otherwise may lead to a young adult dropping out of their course.”

Team Programme Executive for The Prince’s Trust, Paul Edwards, said: “The programme is designed to re-engage young adults by changing attitudes and providing an understanding of what it is to work as part of a team and support others. As well as gaining new skills and confidence, the group has contributed £5629.19 to the local community. We’re proud to be working with Black Country Impact as through their tailored service they enable local people to access the training available.”

Karen Baker, Delivery Manager at City of Wolverhampton College, said: “The celebration event provided an opportunity to present participants with a nationally recognised qualification, in recognition of their hard work. It has taken 29 agencies to support the programme, which shows what we can achieve in terms of financial input back in the local community whilst also breaking down young adult’s barriers so they can reach their full potential.”

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.

The Prince’s Trust aims to support 58,000 vulnerable young people this year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.

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 www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.

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