Working in partnership with the Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS), Groundwork’s Prince’s Trust Team have made significant improvements to the public space and pathways at Sankey Bridges, a popular location providing access to the Sankey Valley Park and Trans-Pennine Trail and a key area along the Linking the Locks project.
Culminating in a community-based project, participants in Team 1 were asked to select a suitable project and to raise funds for materials and equipment. Tasks completed include clearing and widening the footpaths, removing overgrown vegetation and graffiti and re-painting the railings along the Sankey Canal.
Delivered for the first time in Warrington by Groundwork CLM, over a 16-week period Prince’s Trust participants have been developing qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week in Derbyshire to develop independent living skills. The programme is life-changing and is designed to boost young people’s confidence and open the door to work or further training.
Laura Harper, Development Officer from Groundwork CLM says ‘’The team have worked exceptionally hard the past few weeks to plan and complete the project; the team have overcome personal barriers, gained new skills and identified skills they did not know they had. Working on the project at Sankey Bridge has provided an opportunity for the team to meet the local community, speak to local businesses and to come together as a team to make a difference within the community.’’
Tom Lyons, Prince’s Trust participant from Penketh says ‘’Seeing the team come together and communicating with each other to make the project a success has helped us to make a difference in the community’’.
Jaymea Noble, Prince’s Trust participant from Fairfield says ‘’I liked the community project because we all worked as a team and I have learned new skills, the area looks a lot better and more presentable’’.
Jade Obrien, Prince’s Trust participant from Howley says ‘I enjoyed the community project because it built my confidence up, I was the team leader for one day which helped with my confidence as it encouraged me to speak out within the group’’.
A celebration event was held at Sankey Bridges on Thursday 4th June and certificates were presented to the team by Dave Smallshaw from SCARS and Jonathan Aghanian from Warrington & Co.
Groundwork are interested in speaking with any local businesses who would be able to accommodate a work placement for participants.
Recruitment for Team 2 is now open and is due to commence in August 2015. Referrals can be made via Laura Harper, Development Officer at Groundwork via email@example.com.
For information on volunteering on other projects along the Sankey Canal, contact Jonathan Aghanian via firstname.lastname@example.org.