Prince’s Trust ‘grads’ honoured at awards
YOUNG people from Halton have graduated from Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service’s (CFRS) Prince’s Trust programme.
The team of 10 donned black tie and evening dresses for a ceremony at the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington, where they gave a two-minute speech about their time on the course in front of an audience of dignitaries, family, friends and mentors.
Graduating from the 12-week course were: Simon Barber, Douglas Campbell, Grania Chapman, Dane Horan, Melissa Johnson, Danielle Memery, Chris Morgan, Sean Pountney, Geoffrey Schofield and Chloe Worrall.
To complete the challenge they had to raise cash for a neighbourhood project with bag packing at a supermarket, complete food hygiene and first aid courses, learn about disability and fire awareness and finish a four-day team building event in North Wales.
The programme manager was Jason McTigue, while assistant programme manager was Stuart Baxter.
Rebecca Thompson was the employed team member who assisted the team with support from Adenson Gumbo, who was on a university placement.
Jessica Burton, CFRS youth engagement manager, said: “This free course is another example of how the service provides value to the community.
“Over the last 12 weeks these young people have learned respect, self-confidence and a variety of new skills.
“They have grown as individuals and now have clear aims and objectives in life.”
Cllr Bob Rudd, Cheshire Fire Author- ity chairman, was among those to attend the event.
He said: “The graduation was a great success and the young people should feel extremely proud of themselves.
“This course is another example of how the Cheshire Fire Authority provides value to the community.
“A lot of the young people on the ● course have few or no qualifications and have become disengaged, leading to social problems.
“Over the last 12 weeks they have learnt respect, self-confidence and a variety of new skills.
“They have grown as individuals and now have clear aims and objectives in life. They have also found some new friends.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a free 12-week course giving young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years the chance to gain skills, complete qualifications and boost their self-confidence.
The next course starts in Halton on September 25.
For details call Jason McTigue on 07817 691 030 or visit the website www. cheshirefire.gov.uk
Graduates of the Prince’s Trust Team programme at the awards ceremony