Youngsters’ Prince’s Trust achievement

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A TEAM of young people in Eastbourne have just completed a Prince’s Trust Team Programme in association with Sussex Downs College.

The 12--week programme helps young people to develop as individuals and gain experience of working in a team.

The final presentation demonstrated the hard work of the Eastbourne Team, with all 15 students finishing the intensive programme and all 15 giving personal speeches of their learning journey, describing how their life situations have positively changed because of the experience.

The majority are now returning to college to continue their education, one team member secured employment from his work experience placement, which Sussex Downs is turning into an apprenticeship, and two more have job interviews pending.

Penny Mackay, re-engagement curriculum leader, said, “The Eastbourne Team Presentation was an incredible success. Wendy Fairs, team leader and James Narine, assistant team leader, have led a team of 15 young people for 12 weeks and celebrated the achievements of all 15. To start and finish with 15 team members is extremely rare and even Gail Wood, manager from the Prince’s Trust, commented on this. The young people were amazing and their stories were just lovely to hear. It was a fantastic evening and really well led.”

The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity offering 16 to 25-year-olds opportunities to develop confidence, learn new skills and get into work, training and education.

The team spent a week in June working on their chosen Community Project at Willingdon Community School.

The team cleared a pond and a designated garden area to establish an Eco area to be used both for science lessons and quiet study. Their hard work included weeding, digging, laying woodchip and compost and building a York stonewall.