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30 August 2011
Over the past 12 weeks, 10 young people have taken part in Prince’s Trust team 30, and on Wednesday 17th held a celebration event to mark their achievements and to show what they had been involved in to friends, family and other organisations at South Essex Colleges Pod venue.
During the 12 weeks the group took part in activities including a week long residential that included pioneering, abseiling, rock climbing and team building activities, gained training and qualifications in first aid, food hygiene and health & safety, a week of work experience, fundraising, redecorating the marigold centre, training in CV and interview skills at The Royal Bank of Scotland, a tour of Southend United Football Club and team challenges that involved helping the community.
All the tasks involved a high amount of planning, for which a large part the young people were responsible; choosing what organisation would benefit from their fundraising, how they would fundraise, what parts of the community could benefit from their help and where they would go on their work experience.
Through their fundraising the team raised £941.39 through a sponsored fun walk, collecting in fancy dress in Southend highstreet and bag packing at local supermarkets. The funds went towards buying the resources required to redecorate the Marigold Centre.
Work experience placements included Rainbow Day Nursery, Superdrug, Burtons, Currys, Southend YMCA, Boots and Yellow media, all of which provided the team with references that could be attached to their CV for the future.
Following a busy 9 weeks it was time for ‘team challenges’, the idea being that small groups would find where their help could be utilized in the community. Team 30 got involved with litter picking at Belfairs Woods, giving some of their time to Cavelle Lodge for the elderly and at Sunshine Day Nursery.
At the final presentation certificates were presented to the team and awards of special recognition, the audience were shown an inspiring slideshow with photos of the activities they had taken part in.
Each of the team personal testimony about their time with the Princes Trust, what they had been doing before they joined and what they had gotten out of it.
Prince’s Trust at Southend YMCA will be recruiting the next team very shortly – if you are interested in applying or know someone who may benefit from the experience email