Perth YMCA delivers the Prince’s Trust programme in partnership with Perth College UHI and Perth and Kinross Council. The Prince’s Trust programme is delivered twice a year and runs for 12 weeks giving young people aged 16-25 the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and most importantly, gain self-confidence.
Team 10 started in March 2015 and for the first two weeks the young people completed icebreakers and took part in team building activities such as orienteering, the egg rocket challenge and the shrinking island.
The young people went on a week-long residential to Loch Tay and took part in various activities including canoeing, canyoning, the rock jam, raft building and a walk up Acharn Falls. The residential is an essential part of the programme as it is during this week the young people’s relationships start to blossom.
A two week community project was undertaken within the Walled Garden at Murray Royal hospital. The young people took on a number of maintenance tasks including mono-blocking, painting and repairing a roof, which would have taken up a substantial amount of the staffs time and funds. The staff described the young people as adding “a vibrant atmosphere” to the garden and praised their work: “fabulous job.” The clients were extremely pleased with the work the young people had undertaken, giving positive feedback: “I could see that they worked well as a team” and that they “added a different dynamic to the garden.”
The next stage of the programme allowed the young people to go on a two week work placement to gain experience in a field of their choosing. There were a few new employers on board including PKAVS Young Carers and Suzi and Bob’s hairdressing. The team have benefitted from their work placements with most of them going on to a positive destination.
Following on from their community project, the team decided to make a video targeting young people who are affected by mental health for their team challenge. The video was produced to raise awareness and to show young people that they are not alone. There are people who want to listen and help and the video provides information on where young people can go for support.
In their final week the team prepared for their end of team presentation. They decided upon a James Bond theme and dressed to impress. The young people faced their fears and spoke in front of a large audience.