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Prince's Trust team dig deep for community project

Young people in Boston have been helping out in their local community as part of the Prince's Trust Team programme, run by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

The group of 14 teenagers have been gardening at the Thistles Day Centre in Sutterton for adults with learning difficulties. The team then turned its attention to the grassland next to the Black Sluice Café in Boston and converted it into a new sensory garden for local residents to enjoy.

To fund the community projects the team raised £500 from a sponsored walk along the River Witham in fancy dress. They also raised £400 from bag packing at a local Morrison's store.

Sean Hollier, Prince's Trust Team Leader, said: "We have seen a massive difference in these young people from when we first started working with them. They have grown as individuals in so many ways, gaining confidence in their abilities and learning how working as a team can help you achieve something great.

"Taking part in a community project is normally something completely new to our participants and it does take them out of their comfort zones. This is an important part of the course though, as it helps them to communicate with their local community and appreciate different needs."

Jake Dawson (18), one of the team's participants, said: "Not only have I developed my skills on the course, but I have made new friends and completed challenges that I didn't think I'd be capable of attempting before. I have much more faith in my own abilities now and I'll definitely be recommending the programme to other people."

The Prince's Trust Team Programme is a free 12-week personal development course for those aged between 16 and 25. In the last year, the project has helped 11,853 young people improve their confidence, communication skills and job prospects.

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The next course in Boston begins on September 22. For more information please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr email princestrust@lincoln.fire-uk.org or call 01522 582285.