A Team of young people from across Tameside and Stockport have just completed the 12 week Prince’s Trust Team Programme with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service. The group of 10 young people completed the 12 week programme and held a presentation event at Hyde Town Hall.
The Team received their completion certificates from GMFRS Group Manager for Stockport and Tameside, Phil Nelson. The event was attended by local councillors, friends and family and other representatives from local community groups to celebrate the achievements of the young people involved.
The young people involved raised over £900 during their fundraising efforts and used this to fund their Community Projects at Haughton Green Young People’s Centre clearing an overgrown outdoor space and Wimborne Close in Stockport, a resource centre for the elderly, completed some gardening work to improve the outside areas for residents and visitors.
Both Teams undertook Team Challenges to support local allotment projects that work with adults with additional needs and help to tackle social isolation. Hyde Team members worked at the Bloom allotments in Hyde, and the Stockport Team spent a day with volunteers at Heathside Community Allotment in Cheadle with a group called Socially Yours.
Support was also offered to Elderly residents at Appleton Lodge, Bredbury and Kendall House in Stalybridge. Both Teams provided a day of entertainment with quizzes, Bingo and a sing along. Afternoon tea and other refreshments were also provided.
The Final Challenge for Team members was to support Fire Fighters form Hyde with their training. They needed volunteers to be part of a mass decontamination exercise. It was a real insight into the work that crews face.
Team members also undertook two week work placements and training in Food Hygiene, First Aid at Work, Manual Handling and Health and Safety.
Young people from the programme have gone on to follow many different career paths, including a Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship, Electrical Installations and further programmes with The Prince’s Trust including Get Into Coding and Get Into the NHS.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be running new Prince’s Trust Team programmes at both Hyde Fire Station and Whitehill in Stockport starting on 6th September. The FREE 12 week Personal Development course is open to anyone aged 16 – 25 who is currently unemployed and benefits are not usually affected.
If you know anyone who could benefit from this course or you have a project that you think may be suitable for the Team to tackle, please contact Emma Sercombe, Hyde Team Manager on 07973 966407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
You can also visit Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service’s website for further information.