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Trafford Prince's Trust team spruce up sheltered housing accomodation

A SHELTERED housing scheme has been spruced up by youngsters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Prince's Trust Team.

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The unemployed young people, who are aged between 16 and 25, visited Leverett Close in Altrincham to help with a refurbishment project.
The team members advertised for community-based projects in the Trafford area where they could help out and develop new skills.

Scheme manager Sarah Bradbury responded to the advert and the young people chose Leverett Court, which is owned and managed by Trafford Housing Trust.

A team of six Prince's Trust members spent six days over a two-week period decorating the internal brick corridors of the sheltered accommodation to brighten up the facilities for the 38 residents who live there.

They hope the experience will help them learn new skills that will get them into employment or further education.

Tony Lowry, from Trafford Housing Trust, said: "I visited the project at Leverett and found it to be both uplifting and inspiring. It was great to know that young people are interested in improving the environment for older people and enjoying the experience.

"Indeed, we have been so impressed that we have offered a two-week work placement to 17-year-old Jack Hall with our Youth Team, after he had expressed an interest in working with young people."

The Prince's Trust programme is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

The aim is to build up the team's confidence and get them used to the working environment.

Michael Ward, aged 23, who is on the team programme, said: "It's been a really good experience and it's been nice to do a project that has been so worthwhile. I had done a little bit of painting and decorating before, but not as much as this.

"I've been out of work for five months after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University. I hope taking part in the team programme will help me find future employment. It's definitely given me more confidence."

GMFRS delivers the Prince's Trust Team Programme in the Trafford area from its base at Sale West Youth Centre.

Team Leader Lauren Garner said: "The young people have really enjoyed their time at Leverett Court and they selected this as the community project where they wanted to work.

"We have established great links with Trafford Housing Trust which we hope to further develop in the future and it's fantastic that Jack has gained a work placement as a result of the work he has done here.

"We run three team programmes a year and the next intake are going to come back to Leverett Court and finish off painting the remainder of the hall ways."

Last update: 13/04/2012 10:05:59
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