Leiston School Community Project
A group of young people from our Team programme in Leiston have transformed the garden and woodland area at Leiston Primary School.
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is one of our leading programmes supporting 16-25-year-olds who are not currently in employment, education or training. As part of the programme, our young people take on a project to benefit their local community. They decided on the area at the Primary School because they were keen to engage with the local community to turn around many of the pre-conceptions the town had about young people.
They cleared the garden areas of overgrown plants and trees, made a seating circle for the children and brightened up the area by painting characters on trees and adding plants. They worked hard to improve the area which boosted their confidence and achievement in themselves and as a Team. There was a real sense of pride in all that they were able to achieve and the long-lasting benefit they have given to the school and the local community.
Neil Fox, Leiston Team Leader from Inspire Suffolk said:
“The team has worked incredibly hard to complete this project and are really happy with the transformation of the garden. The aim of the programme is to create a more positive progression route for the young people who take part. This section of the course is so important for giving the members confidence in themselves and their skills, working as a team and feeling a sense of pride in something that they have created.”
As well as the community project, the students go on a residential activity trip, take part in work placements, engage with local companies and learn skills for work including CV building. On completion of the course they achieve a nationally recognised certificate from the Prince’s Trust in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
Our charity works hard to deliver the Team programme across Suffolk in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, which helps young people improve their confidence and self-esteem as they look to move on to new opportunities in employment, education or training. Find out more about the programme and where there is one near you here.