Children & Young People

Safer Communities CIC gets involved in lots of work with children and young people. We are proud of our partnership with the Prince’s Trust.

Some of our staff specialize in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) and we can deliver bespoke workshops to children and young people in these subjects.

To find out more about projects that we are running at the moment then please select an option from the drop down menu.

Stafford Team 12 has two early success stories before the end of their Team.

Matt Preston, from Great Haywood successfully completed Fairbridge before progressing onto the Stafford Team programme. Whilst at Fairbridge, Matt passed his driving test which enabled him to apply for jobs further afield.
During Team, Matt continued to apply for jobs and was offered a position with McDonalds. Matt was able to stay until Week Six of the Team programme, and made a fantastic contribution to the first half of the Team. He made excellent friends and was a valued member of the Team.

Josh Mantle, from Stafford joined the Stafford Team programme with the goal of finding a job, as he was able to work. He just needed a little bit of help on his CV and Cover Letter which we were able to provide in the one to one sessions.

He was offered a position of a Builder with a local Stafford based company.

We are absolutely thrilled for Matt and Josh and wish them all the luck for their futures! #youthcandoit your update here
Sian Osbourne, Team Assistant
Stafford Prince’s Trust Healthy Eating and Awareness Session.

As the Prince’s Trust Team Leader, I feel that we must work holistically with the young people that we come into contact with. Team is not only about growing as an individual and learning to take responsibility, it’s about looking at all of the areas that you’re not happy with and making changes. This needs to be done over time and many of the young people that we work find this difficult and overwhelming.

The Team programme helps them to look at education, physical and mental health and lifestyle choices. We work with the students in one to ones in order to set goals that are realistic and timely, often utilising local agencies that can offer targeted support. This process makes it less overwhelming and more manageable for the young person.

Many of the young people that we work with have poor self-image which affects their confidence and ability to make and keep close friends.

I approached Slimming World and enquired to see if they could deliver a session for our young people around healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle changes. Jackie, a local Slimming World consultant, was more than happy to talk to our young people, and she even provided several different home cooked meals for the students to try. She took the time to explain how eating healthy can be done on a budget, which is often a concern of the young people.

Two of our students have taken her advice and decided to make a change. One young person decided that they’d prefer to exercise and so far has lost 8lbs using a push bike to travel on rather the bus. The other young person joined Slimming World and has now lost 12lb in two weeks and is feeling fantastic.

As a Team Leader, it is incredible to see the change in the young people as they start to make positive changes in their lives.
Author: Andrew Boyle
Another fantastic scheme introduced with the Prince’s Trust Team Programme members, in conjunction with Staffordshire Police and Cycle-R.

Cycle-R is a registered charity based in the centre of Cannock, Staffordshire. The purpose of Cycle-R is fourfold:
Through recycling donated bikes, they provide training, qualifications and work experience to long-term unemployed and youth groups of various types with the aim of actually getting them back to work.
They provide low-cost, high quality refurbished bikes to low-income families and persons who may need them.
They encourage cycling as a sport around Cannock, including the provision and maintenance of facilities for bicycling in and around Cannock. They support the ecology of Cannock Chase by providing recycling facilities for items that would otherwise be scrapped. They sell these bikes and spares, as well as running a maintenance service, from our shop in High Green Court.

Staffordshire Police will, in the future donate cycles to young people on the Stafford Prince’s Trust Team Programme and help to provide maintenance training for the young people and road safety training.

Five of the young people chose to have a cycle rather than bus fare to enable them to get to the Prince’s Trust Team programme. At the end of the programme the young people can keep their bike which will allow them to travel further afield in their search for work.

This scheme has so many positive outcomes for the young people concerned. It helps them with low cost travel for the future. It is a fantastic way to get fit and stay fit. It encourages endorphins to be produced which help with feeling positive and happy and combat depression and negative thinking.

This is a forward thinking inclusive programme involving Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, The Prince’s Trust, Staffordshire Police Force and local charitable organisations.
Author: Andrew Boyle
The Signposts Centre provides a place of warmth, friendliness and support. The Signpost Centre is placed in the middle of Highfields opposite the local shops and they offer very reasonably priced refreshments. They can help with benefit problems and support, free computers with WiFi, elderly exercises, knit and natter, sewing group, Tots Rhyming time, breakfast club, computer help and a place to meet and make friends with Community Workers that will either help you with a problem or find the right person to help.

The Signposts Centre provide work placements in a range of fields such as doing administration work, reception work, arts and crafts and helping in the community café. They are extremely supportive of our young people who can often be nervous and unsure of themselves when they first start.

Jane Richards, Volunteer Coordinator, explained that “being a non-profitable charity, we could not survive without willing volunteers who we like to encourage to offer a warm and welcoming service to the community. Our volunteers in return have often expressed many of the ways that it helps them, such as work experience, paying back for the support they received from us, gaining confidence and raising self-esteem, giving them a sense of purpose and reason to keep going and wanting to help their community.”

Ben Nicklin, from Stafford Team 11, said that “helping at Signposts gave me a range of experience that I did not have from previous jobs. I learnt how to work on the reception desk including greeting visitors, answering the telephone and dealing with any queries. It gave me confidence and my people skills improved. It made me realise that everyone is different but you are never alone in the hard times you go through. I now work full-time in a medical call centre and I love it.”

As can be demonstrated from the two work placement providers mentioned the outcomes for our young people can be life changing. This ensures that we as practitioners keep finding work placements which suit the needs wishes and dreams of the young people we work with.
Andrew Boyle - Team Leader Stafford
The Roofing Yard is a local business which sells a wide range of roofing supplies to both trade and public. It is based at 1B Romford Road, Stafford, ST16 3DZ.

Mr John Jenkinson, Managing Director of the Roofing Yard, couldn’t have been more helpful. He was more than happy to provide a placement for Liam Bell; 22 years old from Stafford Team 11. Liam was your typical Team member; quiet, introverted and reserved. On my first placement visit, I could see that Liam was happy and interested in the work and wanted to do a great job. By the end of the two week placement, I was approached by Mr Jenkinson who asked if he could offer Liam a permanent position working for him at The Roofing Yard. This would be Liam’s first job and he was over the moon and accepted it. I was more than happy with the outcome. Mr Jenkinson said “It’s been a privilege to work with the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Team. I feel that it is important to give something back to the community and working with young people like this is a win-win. I will be taking more placements and can’t recommend it enough. I have offered anther placement to a young man from Stafford Team 12 and I’m sure that he will be a benefit to my business while he is here.”

Liam said “The team at The Roofing Yard had been welcoming and slowly taught me how to operate the relevant machinery and processes of the job. I would have never have been offered this position without the help of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, The Prince’s Trust Team programme and The Roofing Yard for having patience with me”

Andrew Boyle, Team Leader Stafford
Last week (Tuesday 3rd April 2018) started with the devastating news that Chadsmoor Family Centre had been broken into by vandals and had destroyed the garden that Cannock Team 2 had been working on for their Community Project.

The students were angry. After all they were victims of a crime along with the centre.

Their Anger led to Frustration that led to disappointment.

At this point most of us would just grumble and tell the world what had happened on social media or to friends and family.

Not for Cannock Team 2.

Determination for change then followed next.

By the end of the week they were planning a video to help raise awareness of what happened to the community of Cannock and beyond.

This will be shared on the website in the coming weeks. It will be completed by the end of their Prince’s Trust Team programme.

We are so proud to be working with our students on this. They are now standing on a new platform where they are working to help change the community positively. They are also standing up for young people who are quite often stereotyped and stigmatised by anti-social behaviour when it occurs. They are showing that it has no place in their community. They want their community to thrive and prosper.

We need the community to react to this incident. We need the community to be determined to respond.

If you see or hear something don’t turn away and cover your eyes and ears. Report it.

999 emergency police number:

101 Police non-emergency number:

Crime Stoppers:

(Express and Star newspaper)

The Prince’s Trust Team programme in Cannock is funded by The National Lottery and The European Social Fund.
James Hettihewa-Young (Prince's Trust Delivery Partner Manager)
Hey guys, it’s Stafford Team 11 here!

We’ve just got back from Beaudesert outdoor activity centre, and it was a blast! Our first challenge was finding the campsite, as the Sat Navs had a habit of getting lost along the way. Once we’d arrived and unpacked, however, we didn’t waste any more time in getting stuck into the exciting activities!

On Tuesday, we started off with Archery; Richard was our Robin Hood and managed to avoid getting hit by any loose arrows! Then, braving snow showers, we attempted Jacob’s Ladder. The weather made it extra challenging, but we still managed to make it to the top.

Wednesday’s first activity was Air Rifle Shooting, where Liam “The Terminator” used his aim hacks to get an impossibly high score! Afterwards we faced the elements again to build prime real estate forest shelters fit for the Queen (or at least some forest pixies!). Fire lighting was less successful; we tried our best to get some sparks to fly but the weather just wasn’t having any of it.

A descent into a quarry marked the beginning of Thursday, where we completed the Via Ferrata course (cliff climbing to you and me). It looked a little dangerous, but Ryan, Emma and Sian still managed to get to the end safely (well done guys!). In the afternoon we all embraced our inner Viking during the Axe Throwing, and we even emerged without a single lost finger for the trouble; Ragnar would be proud!

By Friday morning we were all tired out, but just about managed to pack everything back up into the minibus and head back to Stafford Fire Station for some well-earned rest! What an exciting end to an exciting week; we would recommend this experience to all thrill-seekers and adventurers!


Stafford Team 11

Team 11 Stafford Sian Osbourne
John Gorton – Stoke-on-Trent

Before joining the Get Started programme in Stafford, John spent all of his days bored and frustrated inside the house after his application to join the Navy was turned down due to medical reasons. This had left him struggling to see any opportunities in life; it was a big confidence knock as it had been all he had ever wanted to do.
This was until he saw an advert for the Get Started in Racing Cars programme on Facebook, sparking his interest because it would be hands on, resulting in a qualification that could be developed further into an engineering career. Whilst at the same time also offering him the opportunity to get out of the house and start socialising with people again.
After joining John made new friends, he found that his motivation increased and he felt like he had a purpose.
John said: “I was so proud when the car was built. I loved reading the diagrams and building the car. I found it was something I could do and also something that I really enjoyed.”
John then progressed on to the Prince’s Trust Team programme, where he continued to develop his skills, gaining a work placement within The Bassett’s Group, Fleet Operations Department. John has since been interviewed for an apprenticeship within The Bassett’s Group and is awaiting the outcome.
In a relatively short period John has begun to feel like a different person, believing in himself and what he can achieve, making a difference for a better future for himself.
Following John’s success his mother wrote to the Prince’s Trust, thanking them for their work and explaining how this initial programme set John on a new path. She states that she would recommend the Prince’s Trust to anyone who is struggling, or in need of a confidence boost and wants to develop their interview techniques.
In the spirit of a New Year, in January at our Young Carers Hub Clubs we ran a Yoga and Wellbeing session with some wonderful teachers from Sky Blue Yoga.
To start our session we enjoyed some mindful colouring helping to ease away the day, alongside breathing exercises discussing how all of this can help us feel calm and grounded. We then began the yoga poses (asanas), doing Sun salutations then adding into our flow the warrior poses. Following on from this we practiced stan...ding postures eg: The tree, triangle, warrior 3, using these to create partner poses. Whilst we discovered that the partner ‘boat’ was a fun one to do!
We appreciate that many of the young people we work with, have difficulty in getting to sleep; so we followed on our session with a guided meditation which included either visualisation, body scan or focusing on our senses to help the body relax and sleep. Finishing with fun games ‘toe-ga’ and ‘wink yoga’.
These were lovely sessions, which the young carers took part in well and really enjoyed. We’d like to thank Claire and Sarah from Sky Blue Yoga for all their hard work
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