Project gets boost from the Prince’s programme

The group at Shinewater

The group at Shinewater

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SHINEWATER School is the latest community project in Eastbourne to benefit from the Prince’s Trust Programme.

The Prince’s Trust Programme engages with young unemployed people providing them with work experience through a community-based project and at the school in Milfoil Drive they have built a woodland pathway through a disused forest area.

They have also put up bird boxes and feeders so the children can monitor wild birds and team members have also built an eco shelter from materials gathered on site.

In total they also cleared around 50 wheelbarrows of waste as they dredged the pond, cleared all the brambles, weeds and fallen trees.

In addition they have laid a paved area, built a bench and planted many plants.

The team has also worked very hard on sponsorship, raising around £190 to aid the project with materials and tools.

Through the 12-week course learners have been able to follow a programme in personal and social development as well as improving functional skills in English and maths.

The projects have been delivered in partnership with Sussex Downs College and funded by East Sussex County Council.

Local businesses including B&Q, Wickes, M&S, Steamer Trader, Ash Tree Surgery, ESK and Iceland supported the project.

Team leader Claire Holloway said, “We are looking for future projects to take on with our new teams starting mid September and January next year.

“Spaces are still available for 16-25 year olds from all walks of life.

“Progression routes for those who have now completed their programme will be into other training programmes, further education courses and into employment.”

For further information contact Camilla George on 01273 511425 or email Camilla.george@sussexdowns.ac.uk