A group of unemployed young people from in and around Swindon recently completed a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme with local youth charity, Inner Flame.
The course included a residential week in West Wales, featuring an abseil down a 120-foot dam as well as other activities.
The participants chose 3 community projects, re-decorating offices for The Samaritans and Inner Flame, and then spending a week with the members at The Open Door Centre for adults with learning disabilities.
They also found work placements to help them gain experience to move forward in their careers.
As well as all this valuable experience, the programme offers a qualification – a Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills, which Inner Flame delivers in partnership with Swindon College.
Sharon Sullivan, Team Leader with Inner Flame, was delighted that almost everyone completed the course.
“Out of 15 starters, we expect 13 or 14 to achieve the full qualification, which is a remarkable result. The programme is a big commitment for young people, and it can help change their lives” said Sharon.
One participant was unable to complete the whole programme because he was successful in finding work (although he returned to finish the qualification)
The course concluded with a presentation to over 50 invited guests. Paddy Bradley, Head of Commissioning for Economy and Attainment, was on hand to present completion certificates to all the participants, and the event was also supported by Justin Tomlinson MP.
Paddy said “I was very impressed by the young people and their achievements over the 12 weeks – and also the fact that they had the courage to stand up and present to such a large audience.”
The programme has been so successful that two programmes will be starting in early May, one at Inner Flame’s offices in Rodbourne, and one at John Moulton Hall in Penhill. Anyone interested should call 01793 862555, email
Pictured, top: Princes Trust Team Programme participants with Justin Tomlinson MP;
bottom: Princes Trust Team Programme participants with Team Leader Sharon Sullivan and Assistant Team Leader Stephen McGuckien