Firemen at Lynn and the College of West Anglia will be making sure that 2014 is a year of double celebration for the Prince’s Trust Team Programme.
This year marks ten years of Norfolk Fire Service helping to deliver the programme and will also see the 100th team to complete the course.
The Fire Service’s youth development team runs the programme in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and the College of West Anglia at five venues around the county, including Lynn fire station.
It is a 12-week self development programme for 16–25 year olds aimed at building confidence and skills and preparing them for work or education. Part of the programme is the Team Challenge which involves activities which sees young people mixing with all ages and abilities within their communities.
Tim Edwards, station manager at Lynn, has been involved from day one and said: “I am proud of the continuing successful partnership that the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has developed with the Prince’s Trust over the past ten years.
“As the team leader for the inaugural and subsequent two further courses at King’s Lynn, I know first hand the sheer commitment that our team and assistant team leaders have in being able to empower our young people in growing their self-confidence and self-belief while on the 12- week course.
“Over the past ten years I have closely followed the development of the course and seen it flourish into the success that it is today.”
Norfolk Fire Service chief fire officer Nigel Williams said: “I am bowled over by the success of our Prince’s Trust partnership team and our partners. I truly believe that our Fire and Rescue Service plays a vital role in improving opportunities for young people. Our youth development team works tirelessly to help young people make positive choices for themselves and to recognise the benefits of working together.
“I hope that we can continue to provide this opportunity for the decade to come.”
The programme is free and helps young people to build essential skills and confidence so that they can prepare for the future in a constructive way. It consists of team building activities, a week-long residential, a community project, work placements, careers advice and support, presentation skills and team challenges.
Each venue runs three teams per year starting in January, May and September and there are 15 places on each course. Over the ten years the programme has benefitted hundreds of young people and their communities.
During the Team Programme the team members will have the opportunity to work alongside firefighters, undertaking drills, team building activities and search and rescue challenges as well as receiving information on fire safety and young driver awareness.
This year the youth development team will also celebrate the continued success of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential provision, by holding an event to congratulate previous participants on the completion of their awards.