Young adults on the Prince’s Trust Team programme in Eastbourne have embarked on their Community Project, supporting Brightview day centre.
‘Team 17’ are just five weeks into their Prince’s Trust course with Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne. In this short time, the students have hosted fundraising activities across the community to raise funds for their chosen community project: redecorating Brightview. Brightview is a day centre run by Sussex Oakleaf and centres around recovery and social inclusion for adults with mental health issues.
This week (17-21 October), the group are painting the centre’s common room and fixing up the furniture. Funds from the project were raised by holding cake sales and car washes last week at various locations including a cake sale in Barclays Bank at Eastbourne’s Andale Centre and at the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College. The team raised an amazing £300 from these activities, enabling them to purchase the products for their community project.
The group chose Brightview and planned the project beforehand. Prince’s Trust team leader Henrietta Valler-Still said, “It wasn’t just a case of going in to Brightview and painting the walls. The group thought long and hard of a charitable recipient for their community project. They discussed colours to make a warm and inspiring environment at the centre and presented their ideas to Brightview before beginning the work this week.
Ann Boniface, a recovery worker at Sussex Oakleaf, said, “Our environment impacts on wellbeing, so having the Prince’s Trust come in and decorate our building will contribute to everyone’s wellbeing. At Brightview our clients were included in the project by choosing the colours for the lounge. This was a chance for young adults to see how services give individuals with mental health issues opportunities to be inclusive and part of the decision making about their centre. The Prince’s Trust young adults spent time speaking with everyone here and getting to know them personally.
“The clients and staff at Brightview would like to say a huge thank you to all who participated from The Prince’s Trust for making this possible.
Kayleigh Darroch, a student on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, adds, "It’s really great being here at Brightview because I really feel like I am making a difference to people’s lives.”
Henrietta adds, “The community project is an integral part of our Team programme as it really is an amazing way for our young people to work side by side with not only their peers but other valuable members of our society. It proves the perfect opportunity for them to gain essential transferable skills which I hope they can take with them when they progress from the programme."
The Prince’s Trust 12-week Team Programme runs through Sussex Downs College and is a progression route for 16- 25-year olds looking to advance in higher education or the workplace. The current group are in week five of 12.