The Mayor of Thurrock spoke of his pride in local young people when he was at the Stanford Youth and Connexions centre in Hassenbrook Road, Stanford-le-Hope.
Cllr Charlie Curtis was there on Wednesday (10 August) to present certificates to young people from Team 35 who had completed the 12-week Prince’s Trust course.
“I’m very proud to be here today and to congratulate you all,” said the mayor. “When you see what’s been going on in London and around the country and then contrast that with these young people’s work, it gives you confidence in the future.
“All around the country we’ve been watching young people destroy things. But that’s really a tiny minority and we must all remember that. Here in Thurrock young people chose not to join in.”
Team 35’s 12-week course saw them achieve food hygiene and first aid qualifications and then go on a week’s residential team-building course in the New Forrest.
The team of 16- to 24-year-olds took on a four week community project improving part of the Culver Centre in South Ockendon, raising funds for the equipment needed by sponsored car washes, a sponsored walk and other events before revamping the seating area used by various community groups.
They also took part in mock interviews, careers advice and guidance, applying for various courses and employment opportunities as well as gaining Health and Safety Level 1 qualifications.
Weeks 10 and 11 brought the opportunity for Team 35 to meet with different groups within Thurrock to build positive relationships and break down stereotypes and barriers.
Throughout the 12 weeks the young people also worked towards a City & Guilds qualification in Employability, Community & Personal Development Level 1 and completed a Working with Others Qualification (Key Skills).
The Trust is also on the lookout for local companies willing to offer work-placements or who might be able to offer equipment for the community projects and for more community projects.
The programme in Thurrock is now looking for new members to join Team 36. If you are interested in gaining new skills, giving something back to the community and meeting new people — or can offer work or equipment — call or text Anna Lane on 07747 621782.