Seven young people, aged 16-25, are currently taking part in a 12-week team programme with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust programme at Hyde Fire Station. Part of the programme involves a community project, with the group deciding themselves to help the Droylsden Water Adventure Centre.
Team Manager Sarah Quinn explained: “The team had to research in the area to see what they could choose as their project. This was put forward as one of their options.
“They chose the Water Adventure Centre because of the range of young people that access this centre. One member of the group had accessed the centre before and she was grateful of the help she got while she was here, so she said that she wanted to give something back.
“It needed to be self-funded so the young people did a bag-pack as ASDA in Hyde, which raised £460. Everything that has been done, we’ve paid for ourselves.”
Over a fortnight, the team renovated the path to improve disabled access down to the water, painted all the wooden benches and canoes and renovated the meeting room in the lock cottage, making it brighter and more inviting for people who use the centre.
“We’ve just finished now,” Sarah added. “It’s took blood, sweat and tears and a few little arguments along the way but they can see that with planning and hard work, you can achieve anything. That runs through any aspect of their life, including gaining employment.”
The 12-week team programme also involves a five-day residential trip, three team challenges and a fortnight’s work placement. There is also ‘Next Steps’, which involves things like CVs and interview techniques to help get the young people into employment.
The GMFRS Prince’s Trust runs all across Greater Manchester, with three programmes in each area every year. The current programme finishes on April 18th, with the next one starting in May.
For more information or to sign up, you can visit www.facebook.com/GMFRSFutureHeroes, or text your name, age and postcode to 07580698595.