YOUNG VOLUNTEERS CREATE COMMUNITY HUB FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Young volunteers from City of Wolverhampton College have got stuck in to help create an exciting centre for older people in Sandwell.
The group of 13 youngsters, who are all on a Prince’s Trust self development programme, spent two weeks at the Trinity Centre in Old Hill High Street, transforming empty premises into a community hub.
They cleared the premises of unwanted items and re-decorated ready for Agewell to move into. Agewell, a social enterprise led by older people for the benefit of older people, aims to open a café, as well as a drop-in advocacy and support service to benefit older people throughout the local community.
PC Andy Peters, from Smethwick Police Station, who lead the team, said: “The project was managed, carried out and funded by the youngsters so they could learn valuable leadership, teambuilding, organisation and management skills. Their plan was to go in, carry out the work and hand the premises back to Agewell as a job well done which had cost them nothing. And that’s exactly what they achieved.”
Deborah Harrold, Agewell Chief Executive Officer, said: ““We really appreciate the time and effort which all the youngsters on the community programme have put in for us. We will now be able move into the premises much sooner than we expected and start to make our plans for the Community Hub a reality.”
Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “This is a great way for young people to help out in the local community and gain skills and experience to help them with their studies and career. It’s wonderful to hear that the young people involved wanted to do something for older people in their community. I congratulate all the young people who took part.”
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.