Magnificent seven shine at ceremony after completing Princes Trust course in Skegness

Seven young people are in the spotlight after completing a 12-week development course which has led to some of them securing employment in Skegness.
Dominic Forman,with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark DannattDominic Forman,with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt
Dominic Forman,with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt

The team - Dominic Forman, Duncan Dought and Reece Ride of Skegness, Kelly Missa and Callum Allsop of Ingoldmells; Shona Aldin of East Kirkby and Leanne Hodges of Wainfleet - took part a series of activities with the Princes Trust.

They were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt at a special ceremony at the Storehouse.

As part of the course, they achieved a number of qualifications; The Prince's Trust Team Programme Certificate in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills, as well as a BTEC in Personal and Social Development.

Duncan Doughty, Callum Allsop, Shona Aldin, Dominic Forman, Leanne Hodges and Kelly Missa pictured with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt at the presentation. . The seventh team member, Reece Ride,  who completed the course unfortunatelycouldn't attend the presentation.Duncan Doughty, Callum Allsop, Shona Aldin, Dominic Forman, Leanne Hodges and Kelly Missa pictured with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt at the presentation. . The seventh team member, Reece Ride,  who completed the course unfortunatelycouldn't attend the presentation.
Duncan Doughty, Callum Allsop, Shona Aldin, Dominic Forman, Leanne Hodges and Kelly Missa pictured with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Dannatt at the presentation. . The seventh team member, Reece Ride, who completed the course unfortunatelycouldn't attend the presentation.

In addition they have taken part in voluntary community projects, such as working with the Wildlife Trust on grassland restoration at Gibraltar Point, as well as a beach clean; fundraising for the local homeless community to donate thermal and warm clothing for the winter period, collecting tinned food donations to the Storehouse foodbank; and, lastly, volunteering with Skegness County Care, understanding the care and support for adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health.

Megan Blackwell, Team Leader for the Skegness explained: "The Team Programme, which is funded by Warwickshire College Group, is a 12-week personal development course to help support young, unemployed adults aged 16 to 25.

"The Team Programme is dedicated to boosting the confidence and abilities of each team member, supporting them to develop their transferable skills, through team building activities and community projects.

"Each of the team members that have left this most recent programme have left as a stronger person, more confident in approaching new challenges and aim to continue to progress themselves further, whether in work or education.

Twelve young people have completed a Princes Trust course.Twelve young people have completed a Princes Trust course.
Twelve young people have completed a Princes Trust course.

"For example, on completion of the course, Shona Aldin obtained full-time work at Butlins, Leanne Hodges obtained work as a carer with Walnut Care, Duncan Doughty had already signed up to a new education programme in Bookkeeping, and Dominic enjoyed his work experience so much with Age UK in Skegness he continues to volunteer there now.

"I am very proud of the achievements of each of my team members, as I appreciate that the course has challenged their confidence and their abilities, and in facing these challenges they have shown true resilience and determination.

"I would also like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way."

Coun Dannatt said: "It was a pleasure to be invited and to listen to all the activities they had done over the 12 weeks.

More challenges  outdoors at a rope suspension exercise.More challenges  outdoors at a rope suspension exercise.
More challenges outdoors at a rope suspension exercise.

"They had made new friends and bonded, also built up their confidence to be able to stand and deliver their presentations on stage in front of an audience and even gained a job after visiting a local job fair. A big well done to them."

The team programme runs in Skegness once a year between October and December, and anyone between the age of 16 and 25 can attend. Should anyone want to find out more, they can do so by searching the Team Programme on the Prince's Trust website, or they can call 07793118346.

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