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Prince’s Trust Programme Continues to Transform Young People’s Lives

Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother have taken control of their lives after successfully completing the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College.

Last week, Team 9 reflected on their 14 week journey of skill building, personal discovery, and making life-long friends, during their final project; the end of Team presentation.

Friends and family, along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Hastings, heard all about their week-long stay in Ashdown forest, where they completed tasks, rock climbed, abseiled and canoed.

Each of the 11 Team members were awarded with Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and congratulated for all their hard-work and dedication to their community project where they helped to renovate the Ore Community Centre by decorating the community rooms and tidying up the gardens.

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.”

It is thought that, on average, each Team invests the equivalent of £2,745 into their community; and 65% of community projects, such as the renovations at the Ore Centre, wouldn’t happen without the involvement of Team.

The Prince’s Trust programme is free to anyone aged 16-25, who is not in work or education. The college still has places on the next Team which starts on Monday 17th April 2017. If you would like to join Team 10 then please register your interest at: [email protected]

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