Prince's Trust students revamp garden

Students from City of Wolverhampton College are helping elderly residents in Telford, by installing a letterbox and bus stop in the grounds of a care home.

The group of nine students, who are all on a 12 weeks Prince’s Trust self development programme, are revamping the garden at Birkdale Care Home, Oakengates, to help trigger memories in people with dementia.

The bus stop, created from an old smoking shelter and red letter box are just two of the features created by the students to encourage residents to reminisce, relax and chat to one another.

The students are also erecting a new picket fence, laying slabs, planting new shrubs and installing a bench.

Team Leader Jane Littlehales said: “I have 10 amazing students and although this project has pushed them out of their comfort zones, they have all risen to the challenge and created a stunning garden, while gaining new skills in the process.”

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.

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