Prince’s Trust volunteers transform garden

5 March 2014

A group of young volunteers from the Prince’s Trust have carried out a garden makeover at a Transform property in Woking for young people facing homelessness.

The group from The Prince’s Trust Team Programme at Brooklands College volunteered at our Pound House project in Woking. The group carried out a makeover on the gardens at the property from 25 to 28 February.

As part of the Prince’s Trust programme, young people are asked to work on a community project that they have planned and raised money for. The volunteers planned fundraising events including a sponsored head shave, rowing the distance to Calais on rowing machines, as well as a cake sale. This raised £170.25 – and Transform donated a further £100 to the project.

The young people went shopping and purchased things such a replacement bark, soil, an array of flowers and garden decorations. They went to work pulling up dead trees, clearing away rubbish and old bark and replacing this with new, and making new flower gardens.

Joelie Stevens, Weybridge Prince’s Trust Team Leader from Brooklands College said:

“We chose the project as we have a young person on our team who has found himself facing homelessness so we thought we would like to help out where we can in this area. The team have worked really hard planning a gardening project and working together as a team to get this complete in the week provided.

“The team have been using the skills they have been developing on the programme to make the project a success by taking it in turns to be project manager and taking on different roles in the team. The team hope that by improving the visible aspect of the front and back garden the residents will feel a sense of pride in where they live. As the team leader I am really proud of the hard work the team have put in, their excellent teamwork has made the project a success.”

James King, Project Manager at Transform Housing & Support, said:

“We are really grateful to the young people from the Prince’s Trust course for all their hard work this week. Their efforts have made a huge difference to the property and will be very much appreciated, especially once we get into the better weather. It is particularly inspiring to see these young volunteers choosing to help other young people in need in their community.”

Pound House offers housing to young people aged 16-21 who are facing homelessness. Each person receives one-to-one support from Transform staff to help them build up their confidence, gain life skills and get into education or employment.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is currently running at Brooklands College, Weybridge. The team programme runs for 12 weeks and aims to see young people from the ages of 16-25 uncover new skills and gain confidence which may take them to their dream job or to further their education. There are currently 13 students aged from 16-25, who are halfway in to the course. The next Prince’s Trust Team Programme begins in May 2014; for more information please contact Joelie Stevens on 01932 797687.

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