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Community work in Haverhill plays a big part in team's Inspire Suffolk Prince's Trust graduation




A group of young people have graduated from education charity Inspire Suffolk’s Prince’s Trust Team programme based in Haverhill.

The 12-week course aims to build confidence, skills for life and work and support young people who are not currently in employment, education or training onto positive next steps.

The team spent a week away on an activity residential trip in Norfolk taking part in lots of activities including low ropes, canoeing and crate stacking.

The Inspire Suffolk Prince's Trust Haverhill team receive their certificates. They were joined by the mayor of Haverhill, Cllr Tony Brown. Contributed picture.
The Inspire Suffolk Prince's Trust Haverhill team receive their certificates. They were joined by the mayor of Haverhill, Cllr Tony Brown. Contributed picture.

The group then started to plan a project that will benefit their local communities using the new skills learnt from their trip away.

They chose to create a sensory garden at Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill.

The group felt this project would have the most longevity and would be the most rewarding for the team and for the school's students.

George Ellis, the school's headteacher said: "Great care was taken to select plants and equipment to enhance the school environment.

"The students at the school have positively commented on the new colour co-ordinated planters and really enjoy the bird feeders which have attracted a new variety of birds to the playground.

"Thank you to the group for their hard work supporting members of their community.”

The Inspire Suffolk Prince's Trust Haverhill team at Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill with headteacher, George Ellis, left.
The Inspire Suffolk Prince's Trust Haverhill team at Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill with headteacher, George Ellis, left.

The programme also includes work experience and those on the programme receive help with their CVs, interview skills, mock interviews and receive support from lots of local organisations.

Some of the team working on their community project
Some of the team working on their community project

For their 'Supporting Others' module, which is aimed at helping others in the community, the group volunteered at The Swallows Care Home in Helions Bumpstead, preparing teas and coffee for the residents and putting on games and activities.

The last week of the programme involves the team completing their graduation presentation to family, local employers who have supported the programme and charity supporters.

Following the programme the young people involved have planned to go to college, secured jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities to pursue their chosen career paths.



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