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Prince’s Trust young people mark Tresham’s milestone.

19.07.2013

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On Wednesday 17th July 2013 Tresham College celebrated their 200th Prince’s Trust Team.  This special celebration was held at Northampton Town Football Club in front of friends, family and local dignitaries. The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed 16-to-25-year olds the skills and confidence to find a job. The Northampton North Team is the 200th programme that has been delivered by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education since 1999 and represents the  4000 young people it has worked with through Team.

As part of the programme, which began in April, 19 young people were involved in team building activities, a week-long residential trip, a community project and two weeks of work experience. They transformed three areas within the housing estate around Vernon Terrace Community Centre by clearing rubbish from the estate, rejuvenating  overgrown areas as well as planting a vegetable patch to encourage the local community to ‘pick their own’.  In addition, they were been given advice on how to write CVs as well as gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.

Kay Kambanis, 20, from Northampton who collected her certificate at the celebration event has now secured a place at university following the programme.  Kay left home when she was 18 and found temporary accommodation. This meant that she had to move around a lot, whichshe found unsettling. Eighteen months ago Kay gave birth to a son and became determined to make her life more stable. However, her confidence was at an all-time low and she wasn’t sure where to begin.

She said: “I had no experience and I felt lost. I worried that even if I were to get an interview I’d have nothing to talk about.”

Kay heard about The Prince’s Trust Team programme at Tresham College but wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for her. She decided to be brave and give it a go.

Kay said: “I’m so pleased I did because I absolutely loved it! It gave me the opportunity to try my hand at so many things I had never done before. The residential week away was my favourite. I was so scared of abseiling but everyone encouraged me to do it and when I actually did I felt like I could do anything.”

Kay feels that Team gave her back her confidence and sense of identity. She will begin studying criminal justice at university in October, and in the meantime is volunteering her time with people undergoing drug rehabilitation. She also now lives in stable accommodation.

She said: “The Prince’s Trust Team programme was brilliant and I am really proud that we were Tresham’s 200th group! I am now looking forward to a brighter future for me and my child. All I want to do is work hard, provide for my son and make a positive contribution to society.”

Northampton’s Farah Kiren, 24, was also present at the celebration event. She took part on an earlier Prince’s Trust Team programme at Tresham college but enjoyed theexperience so much that she came back to volunteer with their 200thTeam. Farah worked full-time in her family’s taxi firm but when the business was successfully sold, Farah struggled to find a sense of direction on her next chosen career path.

She said: “I didn’t know what to do next I felt I was lacking direction. I liked routine and suddenly I didn’t have one which I found quite stressful. Iwas applying for jobs but I didn’t have the experience I needed for the type of jobs I wanted and so felt like I was setting myself up to fail.”

Farah had a friend who had been on The Prince’s Trust Team programme and decided to get involved. She said: “I saw first-hand the change in my friend and the opportunities thatwere suddenly available to her and I knew then that I wanted to get involved. I am so glad I took the plunge. Not only did Team give me my routine back but I got my motivation back and developed my leadership skills. My favourite part was volunteering at a respite care home for disabled adults in Essex.  I found it hard at the beginning but by the end I loved it so much.”

Farah was so inspired by the Prince’s Trust that she decided to come back and volunteer with Tresham College’s 200th Team, on inspiring other young people to turn their lives around. She has also secured a full-time job working with the police in the next upcoming weeks.

As well as celebrating delivering the college’s 200th team, Team Leader, Paul Hamblin celebrated the successful completion of his 50th team. Since joining Tresham’s Princes Trust Team, Paul has helped transform the lives of 950 young people.

Paul said: “I am honoured to be a part of The Prince’s Trust Team programmeat Tresham College.  It is amazing to see the change in the young people who come on the programme and I’m looking forward to working with many more in future.”

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From left to right, Farah Kiren, Paul Hamblin and Kay Kambanis.

The next Prince’s Trust Team programme at Tresham College starts in September. Take a look at our website for more information /team.

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