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Age UK’s Venton Centre gets a re-vamp thanks to the Prince’s Trust

19.03.2013

VErnon Centre Princes Trust

A team of twenty young people from Tresham’s Prince’s Trust Team – Northampton South have revamped the Age UK Venton Centre in Northampton to give it a new lease of life as part of their final project.

After visiting a number of potential projects the team chose Age UK’s Venton Centre because it had the greatest need for improvements and would prove the greatest challenge for the learners for them to fully develop their skills and employability.

The team of young people aged 16 – 25 years held various fundraising activities including bag packing at Asda in Far Cotton, bucket collecting in fancy dress at St James’ Retail Park and a fancy dress sponsored walk around 7 ½ km scenic route around Pitsford Reservoir. All together, they raised £978.53 to go towards their work at the Venton Centre.

The young people have decorated five rooms within the centre, breathing a new life into the building as well as clearing the overgrown garden outside and putting in new plants. They also painted a mural on the reception desk to celebrate the work carried out at Age UK. After completing their work within the centre the team cleaned a fleet of mini-buses that transport users to and from the Venton Centre.

Vicky Denny (Venton Centre Co-ordinator) said:
“The young people used their own initiative to produce a piece of art work to symbolise “old and young” being together within AGE UK Northamptonshire… We would like to thank the Prince’s Trust for all their dedication in completing this project in a professional way.”

A carer from the Venton Centre also commented:

“The young people have shown good communication and community spirit which has pleased our clients as this shows the youngsters are not all bad and know how to interact with the older generation.”

One of the Prince’s Trust Team said:

“The overall project has been a challenge but it has developed into something that will be enjoyed for years to come by hundreds of people. It’s highlighted people’s strengths in the team and helped me to realise what I can achieve in the future in terms of a career.”

The Prince’s Trust is a 12 week team programme. As part of their course learners complete a community project to benefit their local community as well as the learners themselves by developing and improving their skills through employability. For more information about the next team project please contact 0845 658 89 90 or visit

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