HARDWORKING young people from Thurrock’s Prince’s Trust Team 10 spent weeks raising money so they could landscape gardens in Hathaway Road, Grays.
The 12-week programme offers young people the chance to gain skills for employment and equips them with useful qualifications.
After organising car washing, cake sales and a sponsored bike ride, the young people raised enough to help them re-landscape the garden.
Working in partnership with Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions – the community interest company that centres on disabled people having power over their own life choices – the young people worked hard on the garden to make it a safe and friendly place for the residents to enjoy as well as providing a drying area, a garden set and a bench.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, joined them to celebrate the completion of the garden, on Friday, 3 July, and said afterwards: “It was such a beautiful occasion to see the smiles on the faces of the ladies who live in the house, they now have a washing line, a sitting area and a vegetable patch for healthy eating to help their independent living.
“The council has yet again achieved another remarkable feat, bringing young people of varying backgrounds together and getting them to bond for another worthwhile project to change people’s lives.
“Previously the the back garden couldn’t be used because of high weeds and rubbish. Thankfully it can now and thanks to the Prince’s Trust team 10.”
This is part of the latest Thurrock Prince’s Trust’s 12-week programme which sees young people gain employability skills, develop skills and gain accreditation to give them a better chance of finding employment or further education – their next step is two weeks’ work experience.