Young Prince’s Trust team give Lancaster community centre a makeover

James Gamble, Paul Kilham, Chelsie Carr, Matthew Steel and Natalie Barton.
James Gamble, Paul Kilham, Chelsie Carr, Matthew Steel and Natalie Barton.

A team of 13 young people who are taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme have spent two weeks helping to revamp the outside of Ridge Community Centre in Lancaster.

As part of the course that is run by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the young people have to complete some voluntary work to benefit the local community.

Jess Howard and local PCSO Paula Winder.

Jess Howard and local PCSO Paula Winder.

The outside area of the community centre was looking run down and the young people have cleared and painted the area so that it looks more inviting for the residents who use the centre.

The group are also responsible for managing the project and sourcing all the equipment and resources they may need.

All of the paint and resources were donated by Bromborough Paints in Lancaster and Wickes in Morecambe.

Community centre manager Lisa said: “The young people have worked incredibly hard to give not only the community centre but the square a much needed face lift.

The community project handover event.

The community project handover event.

“They should be extremely proud of all that they have achieved over the two weeks. Each young person involved has shown real dedication towards the project and have supported one another throughout.”

One of the team members, Ashley Emmerson, said: “By doing the community project, not only has it shown us what we are capable of, but it has also given us the opportunity to develop new skills as well as improving on our weaknesses.

“It has also given us the sense of achievement, especially with the members of the public complementing our hard work.

“Overall, if we were able to achieve this, we can achieve anything. The only thing that will stop us from achieving anything is ourselves.”

Zak Keenan.

Zak Keenan.

The team programme is a 12-week personal development opportunity aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds, which aims to improve young people’s confidence and team work skills.

It also aims to help unemployed young people back into employment, education and training.

The course is run three times per year from Morecambe Fire Station and anyone looking for more information can call the team leader Charlie on 07900 268708 or email PTMorecambe@lancsfirerescue.org.uk.