Proud youngsters complete Prince's Trust Team Programme

Pride was the word of the day yesterday (April 14) when 13 young people shared their achievement of completing the Prince’s Trust Team programme.

The participants – all aged between 16 and 21 and from Fenland – completed a perfect fire drill at Wisbech Fire Station before taking to the microphone to tell an audience about their 12-week journey.

Programme Team Leader Steve Lucas said: “This successful programme is about young people developing and moving on into positive outcomes. The scheme has been running in Fenland for almost two years and this was one of the highest functioning teams we’ve had and was a huge success”

The Fenland initiative is run by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), with partners Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and The College of West Anglia.

The Prince's Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course which aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result, enables young people to then gain employment, move into education or undertake training or an apprenticeship.

Twice a week the young people engaged with firefighters at Wisbech in drills and development exercises, which culminated in them performing an intricately planned drill at their passing out parade.

Area Commander Callum Faint, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and who attended the pass out presentation, added: “It is clear this scheme changes the lives of these young people and we are proud to be a key player in making that happen. All the staff involved from not only the organisers and partners, but also those from the community, should be incredibly proud of how they have contributed to such a tremendously positive outcome and made a difference to these young people. We look forward to the Team programme continuing to run in Cambridgeshire for many years to come.”

The programme saw this team raise and donate an estimated £1,600 to community projects and volunteer almost 2,200 hours of their time.

Participants took part in teambuilding activities, a week-long residential, a community project, work placements, careers advice and support, presentation skills and team challenges. At the end of the course students can also gain a Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and an Emergency First Aid Certificate. 

The young people who took part were:

James Cornwell, 20, of Wisbech

Katie Simpson, 16, of Chatteris

Orrin Hutchinson, 17, of Wisbech

Dan Cunningham, 20, of Wisbech

Jessica Mott, 21, of Wisbech

Louise Woods, 19, of Wisbech

Harry Edwards, 20, of Tydd St Giles

Dan Collin, 21, of March

Bee Jay Mobolaji, 17, of Wisbech

Karl Perry, 19, of Wisbech

Saxon-Rose Martin, 17, of Wisbech

Ryan Killingworth, 18, of Wisbech