The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people age 16-25 the skills and confidence to find a job and the college delivers teams in seven locations across Staffordshire.
Team 302, based at Stoke on Trent College have been supported with fundraising for their community project by Joan Walley MP. Joan arranged for members of the team to visit Kidsgrove Town Hall and take part in a meeting with MPs and VIPs, explaining their reasons for joining the Prince’s Trust, and requesting donations towards their project at Rudyard Lake.
Vicki Gwynne, Tutor with Team 302, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the students to have taken part in this fundraising activity and we appreciate Joan taking time out of her busy schedule to arrange this activity.
“Team members Chelsie, Jenny, Danni and Dan spoke with confidence at the meeting, with no time to prepare. They demonstrated excellent communication skills and raised £185. I couldn’t be any prouder of them!”
Nick Roberts, Team Leader with Team 302 added: “I’m extremely proud of the students and privileged to be working with this group who have shown such dedication to the project and demonstrated many positive skills.
“The team have chosen to carry out their community project at Rudyard Lake, Nr Leek, developing a patio area by the children’s playground and creating a stairway for walkers and also in the public area removing weeds. They have now raised over £500 for the project!”
Danni Morrey, who arranged this activity, is a member of Team 302. The 19-year-old commented: “I thought the meeting went well and Joan Walley was very nice, giving us a great donation and putting us in contact with other people who might help us.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week self-development programme which focuses on confidence building, teamwork and communication skills to help young people find work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
There are teams starting right across Staffordshire throughout the year. For more information, call the main office on 01782 603790.