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  • Young grafters dig in to make a difference to community

    Henry James

    A GROUP of unemployed young people from Skelmersdale and surrounding areas have rolled up their sleeves to make a difference to their community.

    The group are currently engaged in the Prince’s Trust Team programme at West Lancashire College which aims to help them acquire the skills, experience and confidence to help them find a job.

    During the 12-week course, they have been fundraising and helping local communities.

    The nine-strong group have been working on a garden area at Skem Creative Hub for two weeks.

    They have cleared out and weeded the area to make way for some planters and a seating area which they have created and put together themselves using materials they have sourced via donations from local businesses.

    They have also painted the metal fences and put a lot of ‘elbow grease’ into soaping down the storage facility.

    The team members raised funds by bucket-shaking in Asda on Friday, January 27 and Thursday, February 2 to allow them to complete the project.

    And they would like to thank West Lancs Paint and Varnish Company Ltd. and West Lancashire Construction Academy for their help with materials for the project.

    Lorraine Murt, Prince’s Trust Team leader for Skelmersdale, said: “I have been impressed with each of the learners. This wasn’t an easy project, it involved a lot of manual labour and hard graft but all of their work has paid off and they have created an area that they can be proud of.”

    Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust programmes move into work, education or training.

    For more information on the course or future team programmes call Lorraine Murt on 07786361675 or email lorraine.murt@westlancs.ac.uk.

    For information about the Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.

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