Young volunteers give Spittal club a makeover

The Prince's Trust, in partnership with the YMCA, is tackling a new project in Berwick.

Saturday, 3rd June 2017, 8:20 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:14 pm
Members of the Prince's Trust team who are decorating the Spittal Residents Jubilee Centre. Picture by Jane Coltman

The committee room at the Jubilee Centre in Spittal is getting a major makeover

Project co-ordinator Lucy Beasley explained: “We run a 12-week employment course for young people who are unemployed or have mental health issues.

“It’s all about giving them the skills they need to get back into employment.

“As part of that, we’re redecorating the committee room at the Jubilee Club which was looking a bit downtrodden.

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“The Prince’s Trust has only recently set up in Berwick and this is our first project but we’ve already had fantastic support from lots of businesses in the community, especially decorating companies who have given us everything we need to do the project.”

Among them is Berwick-based JT Dove Ltd which provided a range of decorating materials.

The 12-week programme, running until July 21, is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25.

It starts with a residential trip to help everyone get to know each other a bit better.

The team is then tasked with planning, fundraising and rolling up their sleeves to get the job done.

In addition to this, the Prince’s Trust and YMCA will give the youngsters help with their CV and interview skills to help them get ahead.

The Prince’s Trust all began in 1976, when HRH The Prince of Wales had a bold idea.

Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He founded his Trust to deliver on that commitment.

The Prince’s Trust has returned £1.4billion in value to society through its help for disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone.

However, it recognises there is still much to do; there are currently 843,000 young people in the UK who are not in jobs, education or training.