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Prince's Trust Team up for an award

Seven young people from Warwickshire College, who have turned their lives around through the Prince’s Trust Team programme, have been nominated for a prestigious royal award.

 

The team were up for the Aston Villa Football Club Community Impact award at the Prince’s Trust’s ‘Celebrate Success’ awards. They were nominated for their work at the Netherfield Centre in Lillington, where they spent two weeks working on overgrown allotments, clearing overgrown areas, creating pathways and installing guttering.

 

The team also raised the money for the project, with a sponsored walk, car wash and cake sale.

 

Prince's Trust Team

 

Many of the youngsters have faced family problems, struggled at school, or experienced health problems. Following the programme, all team members have succeeded in finding training courses or employment.

 

The Netherfield Centre teaches life skills to adults with learning disabilities and faced losing its allotments unless major work was carried out to renovate the area.

 

The team chose their community project because all members had experience with learning disabilities and realised the significance of teaching life skills to disadvantaged adults.

 

The renovation of the Netherfield Centre has been a huge success and the staff there are now able to spend more time at the allotments teaching adults about growing fruit and vegetables. The area is easier to maintain and the allotments can now be enjoyed for many years to come.

 

Liam Healey, one of the young people on the team, has now started a course in animal care after his Prince’s Trust placement at Leicester Animal Aid. He said: “Before I came to the Prince’s Trust I didn’t have the confidence to apply for jobs and I found school difficult. The programme showed me that I have got skills and am worthy of getting a good job and having a good life.”

 

For more information on the Prince’s Trust and future programme start dates in Leamington, Rugby and Nuneaton please contact Chris Gately on 01926 318199, 07799843722 or cgately@warkscol.ac.uk

 

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