- Published: 02 December 2016
Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother successfully graduated from the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College last week.
The programme, which is in its eighth term, wished the 11 youngsters a fond farewell after three months of social action projects, team-building, personal discovery and making new friends.
The group came together for one final project as they told friends and family about the life changing journey they’d been on for the past 14 weeks. The Mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff were present to congratulate the students on their achievements and present them with their Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.
During the programme the group travelled to Ashdown Forest to spend the week living independently, as well as try their hand at rock climbing, canoeing and a sponsored abseil.
Once the group had returned to Hastings they started working on a number of social action projects to build their team work skills and help to make a positive difference in the local community.
They rolled up their sleeves to help Hastings Court Care Home resident, Fred Day, spruce up his ‘Garden of Love’. The team spent 3 weeks, come rain or shine, digging out old plants, tiding paths and planting daffodil bulbs. The young people also produced some original artwork to brighten up the corridors and help residents with dementia to reminisce.
The Team put on an art workshop at the Mencap Open Doors Project in St Leonards-On-Sea, threw a Christmas party for college students with disabilities, and made Christmas wreaths with local care home residents.
Team 8’s final project was to purchased items to build a large Christmas Hamper, which they donated to local charity, Surviving Christmas, ahead of their Christmas Hamper deliveries to families and individuals in need this winter.
Helen Bowler, Team Leader Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job, and these young people are living proof that it is possible to turn your life around – no matter what background you’ve had. Over the last 14 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community. They have created the foundations to enable them to move forward in their lives and gain employment. We are very proud of their achievements”