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Prince’s Trust Community Project Visited by Northampton MP

20.02.2015

Prince's Trust Northampton South Team 33 with Michael Ellis MPweb

On Thursday 19th February, Michael Ellis MP for Northampton North, visited The Prince’s Trust Northampton South Team 33, to find out more about their latest community project in one of the most deprived areas on Northampton and to give an insight into politics and what it means for them.

The group of young people aged 16 to 25 are half way through the 12 week Prince’s Trust personal development programme which is delivered by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education and is aimed at improving their chances of moving into a job, education or training. Practical projects and team working exercises give them the opportunity to put the skills they learn into practice and increase their self-confidence for the future.

Ten volunteers from the Northampton South Team 33 decided to renovate the Leicester Street Community Centre after finding out how it is an important social space used by the sheltered accommodation residents nearby. In addition to this, another ten programme volunteers from the same Team are renovating James Lewis Court which is located close by and used by the local community.

After deciding on their project the Team have raised money to transform the centre via a number of activities including bag packing in Asda, a fancy dress collection at Nene Retail Park and 100ft sponsored abseil in the Peak District as part of their residential.

Michael Ellis MP visited the Team to see the work they are completing for the residents in the sheltered housing complex and praised their efforts before hosting a question and answer session with the group about the government, politics and what it means for them as young people in the town.
Michael Ellis MP for Northampton North said during his visit:

“It’s very important to me to be able to come here today and thank these young people for the work they are doing for their community. I’ve really enjoyed answering their questions and engaging young minds in politics.”

Robyn Coe, 18 from Northampton who is part of the Northampton South Team 33 said:

“The session today has been enlightening as it was a chance to talk face to face with someone who can make a difference in how our county is run. I’m really enjoying working on this project at the community centre as part of the team and it’s been good that Michael has been able to visit.”

Wayne Taylor, Senior Team Leader for Prince’s Trust said:

“Today has been a really good way to give the Team an insight into what politics is really about and ask their questions.
They’ve really taken to this project and it’s been a great way for them to put the skills they have learned in the past four weeks in to practice such as budgeting and project management from design to carrying out the project.”

Lynn Horwood, Community Development Officer from the Northampton Partnership Homes said:

“This is the fourth community room that the Prince’s Trust has worked on and they always do a fantastic job. Renovating the Leicester Street Community Centre will mean the older and more vulnerable tenants can use the space for social activities, information, advice and guidance.”

The Prince’s Trust Northampton South Team 33 will now continue to work on the community project before completing the programme in April where they will be able to progress into employment or further education using the skills and self-confidence they have gained as a Team Volunteer.

For more information about The Prince’s Trust projects please visit /course-display/full-time-course/?id=27&page=princes-trust-team-programme or call 0845 658 89 90.

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