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Participants in the 12-week course identified a project, raised funds to support it, then planned, managed and carried out the transformation in just two weeks, along with help from Wisbech firefighters.
Steve Lucas, Leader of the Princes' Trust Team programme in Fenland, said: “The young people have really got stuck in to this project from all angles. It has been a real learning curve as every person had to project manage at some point, helping them to develop skills and overcome personal challenges to bring the team together.
“It was a big project to take on. The swimming pool was disused and the patio was all broken so the young people have really made an impact by clearing the area and re-laying the patio. It’s such a big project that we’ve only been able to do the basics but we still hope it’ll pave the way for some residents to enjoy the outside a little easier.”
The team raised an astonishing £350 with a bag pack at a Wisbech supermarket to help fund the project and local companies, including Ridgeons in Chatteris and Wisbech, Buildbase in Wisbech and B&Q, also made donations.
The Princes' Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course for disadvantaged, unemployed 16-25 year olds which aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result, enables young people to move on with their lives. Three in four young people who are helped by The Princes' Trust move into work, education, or training.
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