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Young people help transform outdoor space at Bromford nursery and youth centre

30 September 2016

Young people help transform outdoor space at Bromford nursery and youth centre

A group of 16 to 25 year olds, who are not in education, employment or training have helped to transform the outdoor space at Bibsy Bananas, a nursery, kids club, and youth den based in Bromford.

The group of 15 young people volunteered at Bibsy Bananas as part of their involvement in ‘Team’, a 12-week personal development programme run by The Prince’s Trust to give young people the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet people.

The team helped the children’s centre to tidy and refresh their garden and outdoor space by doing a general tidy-up, building planters, creating a trampoline zone and painting walls and fences. The team was also responsible for raising all the money needed for the project by carrying out various fundraising activities.

The Birmingham East Prince's Trust team is sponsored by PwC in the Midlands and is run by West Midlands Police in conjunction with the Heart of Worcestershire College.

Harriet Wileman, senior associate in transaction services at PwC in the Midlands, and the lead for PwC’s involvement in Birmingham, said:

“At PwC in the Midlands, we are involved in many projects that aim to help make a difference to the local community. We are proud to be sponsoring another Birmingham East team on The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme, which aims to help young people take responsibility for themselves – helping them build the life they choose rather than the one they’ve ended up with.

“During the programme, staff from our Birmingham office have the opportunity to volunteer for all of the activities, getting hands on at the residential and community projects as well as using their skills and experience to run soft-skills sessions.

“It’s great to see the team coming together to complete the community project. The transformation will make a big difference to the young people who attend Bibsy Bananas.”

John O’Reilly, Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England said:

 

“At The Prince’s Trust, we know that most young people are motivated to get into work and contribute to society, but often lack the confidence and opportunities to do so. Team is such an important programme, which provides jobless young people with skills, experience and most importantly, self-belief, while benefitting the wider community as well.”

PC Vicky Jones and PC Gareth Sankey are leading the project from West Midlands Police’s Acocks Green Neighbourhood. PC Vicky Jones said:

“We’ve been running this programme since 2011, with a total of 15 groups and over 200 disadvantaged young people taking part. We saw some fantastic results from the last programme, with all of participants who completed the programme securing work or training afterwards.

“These are young people who have found themselves in difficult situations – unemployed, or homeless, for a number of different reasons, and who need a helping hand to get back on track. It’s great to have the support of volunteers from PwC in the Midlands, who bring their professional expertise, get to know the young people, talk to them and offer advice.”

The twelve week programme started on 22nd August 2016. The Prince’s Trust Birmingham East Team has already completed a residential week in Cannock Chase to build team morale, trust and accepting support. They will be embarking on two-week work experience placements in October with a variety of local employers. The programme will finish with a presentation evening in PwC’s Birmingham office on Wednesday 9th November 2016.