Trust digs in to project

Green-fingered members of the Prince’s Trust team programme have transformed muddy disused grounds into a tranquil community garden.

They have renovated an area behind Pontefract Family Centre, transforming it into a useable and visually aesthetic garden for adults with learning disabilities.

The renovation included the creation of a raised area for a table and chairs, planters and bird boxes.

Geoff Hunton, centre manager said: “The team from Prince’s Trust have done a wonderful job transforming the muddy tip into a beautiful, flower strewn oasis.

“All the team have worked extremely hard and with utmost respect for our centre users.”

Andrew Bell, team member, said: “It’s been hard work but worthwhile in the end as the centre users deserve to have a pleasant outside space to relax in.”

Team leader Dave Potter added: “The team have had to plan the project from start to finish and have stayed positive and focused throughout.

“I’m really proud of what they have achieved in a short space of time.

“Through our partnership with the centre, three team members have also secured work placements there.

“The project was self-funded and we would like to thank B&Q Castleford, BMB Buildbase, Travis Perkins, Wickes, Barkers Fencing, Spring Garden Centre and Victoria Garden Centre for their donations of resources to help us complete the project.”

The group, all aged 16-25, began the project two weeks ago as part of The Team Programme, delivered in Pontefract by Askham Bryan College.

The programme is a 12- week personal development course for unemployed young people, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills and community projects as well as a week away at a residential activity centre.

Through building their confidence and motivation, the project encourages team members to think about their futures and more than 70 per cent of those who take part go on to jobs, training or education within three months of completing the course. As part of the programme, among other things, team members undertake a project in their local community.

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