The success of Tresham College’s Prince’s Trust programme has led to expansion throughout the regional Bedford College Group.
The Prince’s Trust has for 40 years run a range of projects across the UK including 12-week Team courses for 16-25-year-olds.
Team personal development programmes are delivered each year at Kettering, Corby and Rushden and Northampton. These include a week at a residential activity centre, individual work placements and working on real projects in the community.
The finale of the Northampton North Team 56 event was staged at Ricoh UK in Northampton.
The group spent a week in Derbyshire taking part in team building activities as well as abseiling and rock climbing. The third week was spent raising more than £800 for their chosen charity Spectrum Northants. In weeks 4,5 & 6, they worked on the community project to restore a garden for Spectrum and in 7 & 8 they took park in work placements. They went to help at Revitalise, a holiday centre for disabled adults and the final week prepared for their presentation at Ricoh UK.
Two girls who benefited from the course were Frances Fletcher and Saffire Chilton.
Before joining the Team programme Frances was unemployed and lacking confidence. She has now been offered a two week work placement at Ricoh UK. Frances was community project leader for the garden refurbishment and she blossomed. “I was stuck in a rut, but this course made me find skills I didn’t know I had.”
Saffire was homeless and had been in and out of hospital. She now has an interview with Ricoh UK. “I enjoyed the Revitalise activity. It was the best experience of the course as it pushed me to interact with people.”
Cheryl Needham who is the Head of Department for Adult and Foundation Learning said: “These Team courses give young people access to opportunities that had missed earlier during their school years. We hope that The Bedford College Group is going to expand our work here in Northamptonshire into Bedfordshire.”
Want to know more about a Prince’s Trust Team course?
Come along to Vernon Terrace Community Centre, Stockley Street, Northampton NN1 5HE between 11am – 1pm on Wednesday 17th January. The next course starts on Monday 22nd January.
Visit www.bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk for information on other Teams in the region.