Prince’s Trust TEAM celebrate the end of 12 week programme
A group of 16-21-year-olds recently celebrated the completion of their Prince’s Trust TEAM programme by presenting what they had achieved, during their course, to invited guests and members of the Brathay Trust team. The presentation was made at the recently refurbished church hall at the Holy Trinity church, Brathay, near Ambleside.
Over 40 guests gathered to hear how the young group had flourished on the programme. Some of the group explained how they had started out disenchanted but had completed the programme as highly motivated individuals.
What was clear for all to see was the profound effect that the Team programme has had on the enthusiastic young group.
Gill Dawes, from Brathay Trust, who was the Programme Leader said: “Each member of the group experienced highs and lows, through the 12 week programme, but that’s to be expected. Taking on new challenges and meeting new people can be stressful and some individuals were more confident than others.”
Each member of the group took the opportunity to explain to the audience the impact that the programme has had on their lives. One participant explained how he believed that he had been over confident on his arrival on the course. He said that the components of the programme, which included supporting each other on an action packed residential at our training HQ, Brathay Hall; undertaking a work placement and gaining practical experience in creating an impressive CV, had given him more humility and motivation and had also improved his discipline.
Each of the group eloquently explained how the programme had given them moments of real insight and had also given them a focus on achieving set goals.
One participant explained how, through being non-judgmental, the group had helped to build her confidence, motivation and self-esteem.
The group also told how they had delivered a fantastic Community Project into Coniston CofE Primary School. Armed with paint brushes, secateurs and shovels the group met with pupils, to find out what part of the school they would like improving, before setting about re-painting the Class 3 toilets and tidying up the school Memorial Garden.
“I’ll never forget the sight of the happy children’s faces when they saw what we had done. It just shows you what you can do if you set yourself achievable goals and objectives and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished.” said one participant.
All in all it would appear that the programme, delivered at Brathay Hall, has been a great success. Its legacy of lasting friendships, renewed motivation and importantly the development of skills which will enable the young participants to plan for the future, will benefit participants inordinately.
It is hoped that a new Prince’s Trust TEAM programme will begin in October 2012.
Watch the group’s presentation below!