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Young people learn new skills with Sanctuary Housing

2 May 2015
Prince’s Trust graduate Emma Bailey with young people at sports sessions in Lache

Four Chester youngsters have graduated from a scheme which provides work and training opportunities after learning valuable new skills during work placements with Sanctuary Housing.

Young people working with Sanctuary in Chester

James Davies-Clarke and Emma Bailey, both of Blacon, Laura Devaney of Chester, and Leon Andrews of Flint, worked within different departments at Sanctuary as part of the Prince’s Trust team project and in partnership with Rowlinson Constructions Ltd.

Prince’s Trust students learning new skills with Sanctuary in Chester

Laura and Emma assisted Sanctuary youth engagement officer Libbie Stock with planning and delivering sports sessions in Lache and Kingsway, which were led by Chester FC. James worked as part of Sanctuary’s communications team in Chester while Leon developed his skills with Flipside Radio in Lache, which was facilitated by Sanctuary.

Prince’s Trust students regenerated overgrown area in Blacon, Chester

The group also helped carrying out various jobs, including renewing an overgrown area at the back of the United Reformed Church in Blacon and transforming the space into a useable garden for the summer.

Sanctuary Chester & District Committee members attend graduation ceremony

Their graduation at Chester Town Hall saw them receive certificates from Mark Cashin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire, on behalf of HRH the Prince of Wales, following the students’ successful completion of the intensive 12-week programme which is organised by the Cheshire Fire Service. Proud Chester & District Committee member for Sanctuary Housing Tracey Ewbank and Sanctuary Housing Resident Inspector Sam Ferris also attended the ceremony.

Sanctuary supports the Prince’s Trust team programme in Chester

The Prince's Trust team programme, which creates work and training opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25, has been supported by Sanctuary in Chester for more than three years. Each course offers work experience, qualifications, practical training and community involvement activities to equip the young people with the skills they need to gain employment or access training and education.

Sanctuary assists 150 Prince’s Trust students in Chester

Sanctuary has provided opportunities to more than 150 Prince’s Trust students over the last three years. Students have undertaken roles in a variety of areas from resident involvement and administration to grounds maintenance and communications.

James Davies-Clarke, aged 17, of Blacon, added: “Before working with this programme I was very unsure about what to do in the future and felt I didn’t have many work skills. The programme has motivated me and working with Sanctuary Housing has given me the skills and confidence I need for work.”

Libbie Stock commented: “We are committed to helping young people into employment. The partnership with the Prince’s Trust offers the students many opportunities. I know our Chester & District Committee members were proud to attend the graduation ceremony.”

Sanctuary is offering placements through the Prince’s Trust work-based learning programme which commence on 1 June. Potential applicants can email libbie.stock@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or call or text 07557 285441.