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Community-minded team spruce up a public space in Haverhill

The Inspire Suffolk Team Haverhill at teh site they cleared (3312406)
The Inspire Suffolk Team Haverhill at teh site they cleared (3312406)

A group of local young people on an employability and personal development course have been transforming an overgrown area beside Haverhill library and St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The group are on a 12-week programme called 'Team' run by the charity Inspire Suffolk in partnership with the Prince’s Trust in Haverhill, in which they are required to plan and complete a project of their choice which will benefit their local community.

Before the young people completed their community project they hosted a number of different fundraising events to enable them to buy materials to restore the area, including a bake sale, sponsored walk and tombola.

The team has been restoring the overgrown area and clearing, weeding, refurbing and planting new plants.

They decided to restore the area as it will benefit the wider community and make it more friendly and inviting for the public to use.

Cameron, a member of the programme says: “One of my favourite parts of the Team programme has been the community project.

"It’s nice to do something for others and it feels really rewarding knowing that we are doing something good for the community.

"The community project has made me realise that I really like doing hands on work and being outside”

As well as the community project, the Team also go out on work experience placements which have included local cafes, shops, St Nicholas Hospice, Haverhill Library, local garages, plan for their future after the programme through CV writing, mock interviews and work skills, as well as an outward bound residential trip.

All of these opportunities give them new skills and experiences to benefit their CV’s.

Inspire Suffolk runs Team programme for young people between the ages 16-25 who are not in education or employment living across Suffolk to build skills and find positive next steps.

Find out more here https://inspiresuffolk.org.uk/

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