“South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police have teamed up with the Prince’s Trust and Barnsley College to deliver our award winning 12 week TEAM programme. The course is open to 16 – 25 year olds and is a life changing 12 week adventure.
So far we have delivered twenty one programmes from Barnsley, Dearne and Sheffield. In that time we have transformed over 200 young people’s lives. Also in this period we have undertaken twenty one community projects four of which won the coveted Prince’s Trust Community impact award for Yorkshire and Humberside for three of these whilst in Goldthorpe our involvement with their community was the catalyst for the new ‘embankment project.’ A project that is even today continuing to grow.
We have had two Young Ambassadors for the region, one recently winning Regional Ambassador of the year and shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Award. Three Rising Stars young people who have gone on to full time employment after a difficult start. All of this work was recently recognised when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales requested to meet one of our teams.
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is based in Dearne Fire Station, Barnsley (Cudworth) and Sheffield (Parkway) Fire Station, the young people will get involved in team building activities, a week-long residential trip away to the Peak District, a community project and two weeks of work experience during the course. They will also get advice on employability, as well as gaining nationally recognised qualifications including;
• Prince’s Trust Qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community
• Level 2 HABC Food Hygiene
• Level 2 HABC First Aid at Work
• Level 2 HABC Working Safely
• John Muir Discovery Award
Add to this enrichment sessions on
· Dementia awareness
· Drug awareness
· Internet security
· Drive for life
· Nourishment and nutrition
· Sexual health
We push the young people to believe that they can achieve anything, to show them that is just hard work and commitment that can see them succeed. The end of every programme is celebrated with a final presentation in the Town Hall that each programme is tied to. The young people can then present themselves and show their family and friends the journey they have been on and how far they have come.
Our programme is without doubt leading the way for its content and delivery and we hope to be able to offer this throughout the South Yorkshire region within the next 12 months. Offering these fantastic opportunities to many more young people in our region for many years to come.
Here is a link to the Prince’s Trust website which outlines each week on the programme – https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/get-job/boost-your-confidence/your-team-journey
But as we are the emergency services, we will be delivering extra activities to make our programme one of a kind in the Yorkshire area OUR VIDEO“