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Patrick grew up in Liverpool and was badly bullied. When walking home from school he would be picked on and have stones thrown at him. He was isolated and dropped out of schools with few qualifications and little opportunity. He went on a few training courses, but became depressed and unable to motivate himself to do anything. The years then went by.

He then moved to Stafford with his partner Amy and moved into her parents’ house. Patrick spent weeks and weeks applying for 100’s of jobs, but got rejected without an opportunity for an interview. He felt worthless and embarrassed that his partner and her family were paying for everything. He had no friends of his own and felt ready to give up on life.

His friend told him about the Team programme and Patrick anxiously came along to the Fire Station to talk about what could be done. He settled in and quickly found that the programme was helping him to feel more motivated and focused with what he wanted both emotionally and professionally.

He had a fantastic work placement with the technicians at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service where he build up a lot of confidence especially when working with new people. He used this new found confidence to make the most out of the interview practice and CV Building workshops.
In Week 10, Patrick was successful in getting an interview with Yates’ Bar in Stafford. When he went to the interview he found out that the person who did the interview had also been on a Prince’s Trust Team programme. He did such a good interview that he was then offered a full time job there a then … his first job in years.

He has now moved into a new place with his girlfriend and can start his life properly.
Patrick said “The Team programme has made the biggest impact on my life, it was tailor made for me. The Staff really cared about everyone on the course and wanted the best for them. I still feel anxious, but it’s now manageable and so I can do something productive about it. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found this course.”

To sign up to our next courses starting on 5 Feb 2018 call us on 01785 898 516

Thanks to a donation from Safer Communities CIC and free use of Newcastle Community Fire Station the Good Afternoon Art Club has been able to provide a variety of activities for all who attend.
Below are some pictures of their recent fire craft session. The attendees made fire wreaths with our top ten safety messages on. For more information on fire safety in the home please follow this link - http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp

Kind-hearted members of The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme, run in partnership with Safer Communities CIC and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, have been busy preparing a new sensory garden for school children.

"After visiting the children at Marshlands Primary School the young people chose to work on a project for them as they wanted to help give them an interesting outdoor environment that would enrich their time at school."

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young
The programme saw 10 young people set about fundraising cash to buy materials and then spent eight days working on the project at Marshlands Primary School in Stafford.

They raised £302 for the project by holding cake sales at Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters, and took part in bag-packing for customers at Asda in Stafford.

The community project’s theme was based on the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt outdoor sensory garden for pupils to enjoy. The area is designed to give children with special educational needs a safe place to enjoy and explore the great outdoors.

The team spent time clearing an area at the school and digging the area. They painted and installed colourful fence panels, painted picnic tables and tyres to be used as planters, and installed a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt storyboard for the children.

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young said: “After visiting the children at Marshlands Primary School the young people chose to work on a project for them as they wanted to help give them an interesting outdoor environment that would enrich their time at school.
“They put a lot of effort into organising their fundraising events and we are delighted that they managed to raise an impressive £302 as a result.
“We are optimistic that the foundation work carried out on the sensory area by participants on the Team programme will make a really positive difference to the children when they return to school in September.”

Kim Ellis, Head teacher at Marshlands, said: “Marshlands are delighted to have had the support from The Prince’s Trust with regard to our Bear Hunt sensory trail.

“The volunteers have worked tirelessly painting fences and clearing the areas. The Bear Hunt sensory trail will enable pupils with special educational needs to explore a sensory walk through a forest, grass and mud.

“We are hoping to complete the project by September 2017 and thank the volunteers from The Prince’s Trust for their hard work and commitment to our project.”

We are recruiting for Stafford Team 9!! We start on Monday 5th June, but you have until the 9th June to sign up with us!! The programme is delivered at Stafford Fire Station, Beaconside, ST18 0DD. To register interest, please text/ call James on 07971893253

About the programme:
The Prince’s Trust Team programme helps develop unemployed young people aged 16-25 back into education, employment or training.

The programme runs over 12 weeks (60 days) where each person will:
Take on a group community project, making a positive difference to the place where they live
Take part in an action packed residential trip
Get two weeks work experience in something they are interested in
Develop English and Maths skills
As part of the course, we also spend some time developing interview and CV skills to ensure confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step. Some of the others skills that they will aim to develop in are teamwork, meeting new people/ making new friends and confidence/ self-esteem building.

All of this is achieved through an accredited qualification: The Prince’s Trust Award or Certificate in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills at either Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.

Safer Communities CIC/ Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been in a delivery partnership with The Prince’s Trust for over three years and has helped develop and transform over 300 lives.

Young people quotes for the Team programme include:
“This course has opened lots of doors for me and I know where I want to go in life. I’ve made lots of great new friends too!”

“it has been an amazing experience!!”

“Helped me pull through my depression”

“I came to this course with no qualifications and this course has turned my life around!!”
A project funded by Safer Communities CIC, in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Sporting Communities CIC, has helped hundreds of school children learn important safety lessons.

In September 2016 and January 2017 a series of Safe+Sound sessions were held at Hanley Community Fire Station and were attended by 1,989 children from 64 schools.

The scheme also saw five Safe+Sound outreach sessions delivered using a mobile classroom in Biddulph, Cheadle, Leek, Middleport and Kidsgrove.

Safe+Sound is an interactive educational programme designed to give children access to important safety information. The educational sessions were organised by Sporting Communities CIC and featured inputs from SFRS, Changes, Staffordshire Police, Public Health England, RNLI, the Canal and River Trust, Sporting Communities and National Health Service.

Thanks to funding from Safer Communities CIC, Sporting Communities were commissioned to co-ordinate and evaluate the sessions to develop a project manual which can be used in future delivery of Safe+Sound.

The mobile sessions involved partners including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council, community organisers and Staffordshire University, who delivered key messages on fire safety, anti-social behaviour, wellbeing, playing safely, drugs and alcohol and stranger danger.

The initiative also ran alongside the well-known SPACE scheme in the Staffordshire Moorlands (funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner).

Kate Staples, Safer Communities CIC Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Sporting Communities CIC were able to organise and deliver Safe+Sound to children in Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

“Evaluation has shown that the kids and teachers felt the sessions were a really valuable learning tool and we hope that other areas will be able to benefit from this project in future.

“The Grant Funding from the Home Office, allocated to SFRS in 2014, together with partnership work with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and other organisations, will develop Safe+Sound using the latest technology to provide a totally immersive environment to reinforce the wide range of safety messages it delivers.”

Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC), in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince’s Trust, are extending their successful Team programme after securing funding via the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme through the lead organisation Step to Work (Walsall) Limited’s Evolve project.

"Competition to gain employment is very tough which is why we are keen to support young people in having the best possible chance to secure a job and a brighter future for themselves. The aim of the course is to give people the opportunity to gain qualifications, experience a working routine and boost their confidence and social skills."
James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager

The £144,000 of funding, which is provided by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, is matched by the BBO to projects which help unemployed adults gain the confidence and skills they need to get into work or training.

Earlier this year the CIC made an application to BBO for the funding so that they could extend the provision of the Prince’s Trust Team programme in additional areas.

The programme enables 16-25-year-olds to develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills through outdoor activities and community-based projects over a 12 week period. To date, it has only been run in Stafford but this funding will allow it to be delivered in Cannock and Tamworth.

Over the course of the next two and a half years five courses will be delivered, allowing up to 75 young people to take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help their local community. The Team Programme is ideal for those who want to improve their confidence and get back into education or employment.

At the end of the programme they will receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager, said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will allow us to provide the programme to young people in Cannock and Tamworth.

“Our previous courses in Stafford have been very well received by 120 young people through eight programmes and we’ve had some very positive feedback.
Good Afternoon is a community group, established to provide a safe and stimulating environment for adults with learning disabilities, together with their carers. No-one in the group is paid to provide this service, and it is run by volunteers giving their time freely for the sessions.
Sessions at the Community Rooms, Newcastle Fire Station are based around Art and Craft activities with the emphasis on using recycled materials.

Lynne Arnold who leads the group said, “Mandy Chapman, Pete Hall and the Station Manager, Mark Walchester, have all supported us and integrated with us. Our group comprises adults with learning difficulties so this integration is really important to us, as is the continuity of the Tuesday and Thursday sessions, at the set time of 12.30 to 3.30. For autistic people this stability is vital. We have found the Fire Station is ideal for our purposes, with members and their carers using arts and crafts to create a fun social interaction. If we didn’t have access to the community room, then the group wouldn’t happen; we couldn’t afford to run the group as well as paying for a room.”

We are pleased to support them by donating £500 worth of art materials to help them continue the wonderful work they are doing.

If you and your group would like to submit a funding request then please follow the link below;

StreetStadia™ is a mobile 18m x 12m games stadium, which can be easily erected in a wide variety of locations to enable delivery of a varied range of formal and informal physical/creative activities. The aim of StreetStadia™ is to engage with communities to encourage younger people to participate in physical activity and learn about fire safety whilst having fun!

The activities are delivered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service staff, partners, volunteers and community groups.

There are a wide range of games and activities on offer to the community, which keeps children engaged and out of mischief.

Afford rent-a-car have generously provided a dedicated vehicle for storing and transporting the StreetStadia™ equipment across the county. Corporate Sales Manager at Afford Rent-a-Car Dave Powell said: “Afford Rent-a-Car was delighted when Safer Communities CIC contacted us to be involved with the StreetStadia™ scheme

“any community scheme that involves young people having fun and enjoying a variety of sports is a worthwhile project to be associated with”

For more information on the StreetStadia™, please follow the link below.