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Young people’s programme sees new activity room for homeless families

Young people’s programme sees new activity room for homeless families

Hollin Street residents are saying a big thank you to a group of young people who transformed the activity room in their scheme, which provides supported housing for homeless families, into an oasis for residents.  

The group of young people from the Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme, run by Blackburn Fire Station, were given a shortlist of prospective worthy community projects and chose Hollin Street as their favourite. The young people came together at a Handover Ceremony, where they each read their own statements about the differences they wanted to make to the families and children living at Hollin Street.

Following the Ceremony, the makeover took the ‘Team’ and their leaders two weeks to complete. The group repainted the activity room with a marine theme and hand painted child-friendly murals on the walls. The group were keen to get stuck in and sourced some valuable furniture for the room, including much needed replacement chairs.

The Team programme is a free 12-week personal development programme for people aged 16-25 who are unemployed, which gives them the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

David Ormerod, Supported Housing Manager at Together Housing, said: “I was inspired and touched by the statements made by the young people at their Handover Ceremony, it was lovely to hear them expressing these kind sentiments.

“Hearing their own personal reasons for volunteering their time at our scheme, and seeing the hard work they committed to, was heart-warming. We hear so much bad press about young people, but these people truly were a credit to themselves.”

 

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