A group of young people have continued to hone their team work skills as they completed their second community project.
Twelve 16 to 24 year olds have been part of the Prince’s Trust team that had refurbished Bevan House in Camps Road and have now added a pleasant garden area at Cangle Foyer.
Several members of the group are also residents at the foyer on the 12 week course as they work towards achieving their NVQ Level One qualification in teamwork, employability, communication and community work.
They started work on the new garden area last Monday (April 7) and had finished by the Wednesday (April 9).
Team leader and Cangle resident Bradon Clark, 17, said: “The garden area had been horrible – people kept cutting across it so we put the path in and made it look better, more modern and natural.
“The project has been fun – we’ve all got along, although there has been some conflict but we found the project went well.
“We’ve developed our design skills and communication skills and I have honed my leadership skills.”
Fellow team member and Cangle resident Hazel Webb, who last month raised more than £350 for Cancer Research UK after having her head shaved for the charity, added: “It’s been a really nice transformation and the garden now feels a lot more welcoming, with residents now being able to come out and enjoy the summer.
“Everyone is here for a reason and sometimes you just need your own space to clear your head.
“It’s not been easy being in the team but it’s a challenge and we have grasped it and overcome it and not had any bad feedback from anyone.
“The scheme has been an inspiration and I’m looking at being a Prince’s Trust ambassador myself when I finish the course.”
The team was helped by a donation of plants and tree bases from Sturmer Nurseries.
Cangle support worker Jenny Howarth added: “It’s been incredible to see what they’ve been doing, and with so many of the young people being residents we have a huge interest in supporting them in working in partnership with the community.
“They have put in some real hard graft and set an example to other young people.
“These schemes give them confidence, self esteem, teamwork, experience and many of the skills needed to improve their employability.”
Cangle residents thanked the group by putting on a barbecue last Wednesday (April 9).
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