Enthusiastic youngsters get stuck into DIY at Great Yarmouth community centre

A team of youngsters on the Princes Trust scheme at Great Yarmouth College helped out at the Priory Centre, both inside and out. Picture: submitted A team of youngsters on the Princes Trust scheme at Great Yarmouth College helped out at the Priory Centre, both inside and out. Picture: submitted

Monday, February 24, 2014
8:22 AM

A troop of industrious youngsters rolled up their sleeves to help out at a community centre as part of an inspiring course to help them gain life skills.

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The 16 strong group from Great Yarmouth College are all taking part in the 12-week Prince’s Trust scheme, which aims to boost youngsters’ confidence and get them into the world of work.

As part of the programme they spent 10 days helping out at the town’s Priory Centre, where they donned overalls to carry out a range of jobs, including painting, staining, building and gardening.

Among those taking part was Lauren Lonergan and Clare Longstaff who said they had really enjoyed the work and the chance to give back to the community.

Lauren, 19, said: “I have gained skills but I’ve also enjoyed meeting new people and interacting with them. And it’s nice to feel that all our hard work will be appreciated by people now and in the future.”

Clare, 21, added: “It’s definitely been a worthwhile few days and it’s been fun. I would do it again.”

To boost their volunteering, the group held a car wash in the college grounds to raise money for the Priory Centre, and will hold further fundraisers as part of future Prince’s Trust activities.

Jade Lincoln, Prince’s Trust tutor, said the youngsters had to fundraise throughout the 12 weeks for all the projects, source materials and organise activities themselves, including work placements.

She said the whole group had enthusiastically taken to the work at the Priory Centre, which had given their confidence a great boost.

“It’s fantastic,” she added. “To see them working with the community and making an improvement is phenomenal. They have done a lot with their time here.”

Staff at the Priory Centre were also impressed with the youngsters’ keen work ethic and eagerness to help out.

Tony Rozier, from the centre, said: “They have been unbelievably enthusiastic, every one of them have done really great work.

“They’ve made a big difference and of course it’s bringing together the Prince’s Tryst and the Priory Centre.

“We’re hoping for some other things to progress from this because we are a charity and are always looking for volunteers.”

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