The 12-week Team programme is designed to help its team members get back into employment, education or training. It has been part of the Prince’s Trust for over 25 years and has been running out of Portsmouth, through Highbury College, since September 1998.
Team 107 consisted of 7 team members, aged between 19 and 25. The team consisted of Harry Beard, Nathan Harper, Zara Collins, Joe Gallagher, Steven Robinson, Jason Toon and Hannah Cowdrey. The Team Leader was Andy Greensmith and we had an assistant team leader that was seconded from the British Army in Christopher Boyd. The team was also supported by a Prince’s Trust Employed Participant by the name of Trish Broom.
The 12 weeks included a 4 day residential in the New Forest, a 9-day Community Project based at Portsmouth Day Service, 2-week work placements, several team challenges and the final presentation evening. This team also had the opportunity to upcycle 6 deck chairs and 3 tables that were donated from Cunard International. This relationship with Cunard allowed the team to complete their final presentation at Carnival House in Southampton, which is the head office of Cunard Int. The Prince’s Trust also organised a VIP to attend the presentation evening and the team got the opportunity to meet Rick Jackson from Wave 105’s breakfast show. During the evening Rick handed out the team completion certificates and has since written about his experience in the Portsmouth News. The presentation evening captured the attention of a lot of people (over 70 people attended), including Jane Anning who is the Head of the Team Programme (South Region) for the Trust and several team leaders from surrounding counties and cities.
The Community Project gave the team a real opportunity to help and learn about their local community. We as a whole team planned, fundraised and completed a project at Portsmouth Day Service, which itself is a day service for adults with disabilities. Through a 5 mile sponsored walk and a 5 hour sponsored silence the team raised over £200, all of which would go towards the project. The project involved us completely redecorating their music room, their outdoor shed and benches. The team also helped clean up the garden area so it’s ready for the summer.
Team Leader, Andy Greensmith said: "This team was the first of their kind and left a massive imprint on their local community and everybody that worked with them. It was a privilege to work with such amazing young people, especially with the barriers that they face every day. Their strength and commitment to the programme inspired me and those team members are incredible ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust and Highbury College."
Tess Cole, Managing Director, Education and Skills at Highbury College added: "Highbury College is very proud of its partnership with the Princes Trust and we feel very proud to have delivered the first Princes Trust Team programme for students with special educational needs. The students and staff performed brilliantly throughout the 12 week programme, well done to all involved."
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