Prince’s Trust hopefuls have been urged to apply for the next intake of volunteers.
Between 12 and 15 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are wanted to take part in a 12-week programme based at South Shore Fire Station from January 25 to April 15.
The programme has a 70 per cent success rate for young people going on to jobs, training or voluntary work
Another 12 to 15 are wanted for a similar project at Fleetwood Fire Station.
Support worker Angela Middleton said: “The programme re-engages young people, helping them to think about their futures. In many cases, it changes their lives.”
Aimed at people who are unemployed, leaving care, young offenders, students, and those whose jobs are sponsored by their employers, the scheme sees youngsters spend a week away, undertake a community project, complete a work placement, take part in a team challenge, and stage a presentation.
Those who finish it are handed a nationally-recognised City and Guilds certificate.
Angela said: “While re-building their self-esteem, participants are encouraged to think about their futures, including a post-programme development plan.
“During the 12 weeks the young people gain uncover hidden talents, improve their motivation and self-confidence, assume some responsibility and leadership, develop teamwork and communication skills, raise their awareness of their local community and how they can contribute to it.
“The programme has a 70 per cent success rate for young people going on to jobs, training or voluntary work.
“This is a great opportunity.”
Those interested can contact Emma on 07796 147383 or Angie on 07900 268707 at Fleetwood Community Fire Station, or contact Natalie on 07900 268711 or Emma on 07799 115628 at South Shore.
Founded on Navy pay to help UK’s young
The Prince’s Trust was founded in 1976 by Prince Charles.
HRH The Prince of Wales had completed his duty in the Royal Navy, and decided to set up an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.
HRH Prince Charles founded his Trust to deliver on that commitment. He used his Navy severance pay – £7,400 – to fund a number of community initiatives. Some 21 pilot projects were set up around the country. Now in its 40th year, the Trust has helped more than 825,000 young people.