Prince’s Trust team renovates community hall

A COMMUNITY project at TOC H Coachhouse, a community hall in Saltburn, has been completed thanks to 10 young people who are taking part in a youth programme run by Cleveland Fire Brigade. 

Prince’s Trust Team members, Brigade staff and Building Bridges Day Centre members celebrate the hall renovation.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme runs for 12 weeks in the Redcar and Cleveland area, and is designed to engage young people aged 16 – 25 to develop key skills including leadership, teamwork, problem solving and discipline. Team leaders also provide an insight into community safety and citizenship.

People are referred to the course through local organisations such as Connexions, Job Centre Plus and Youth Intervention Services, and can also self-refer.

The most recent Prince’s Trust team held the official handover of the renovated TOC H Coachhouse this week alongside Cleveland Fire Brigade staff. Staff from Building Bridges Day Centre also attended, with their clients who are adults with learning and physical disabilities. They will continue to use the hall to provide adult day care services and support.

This project will benefit many other local community groups who use the hall including Saltburn Animal Rescue Association and the Women’s Institute. Classes, including yoga and Russian studies, are also held there.

Abby Burton, Prince’s Trust Team Leader with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said “As part of the 12 week project, the Team are required to raise the money to carry out their project themselves – they raised almost £800 by bag packing and holding a Race Night which allowed them to renovate the hall to a really good standard.

“They worked really hard completely repainting the hall and bathrooms, and the money they raised also allowed us to replace the carpet and blinds.  The skills and experience they have gained from this will help them complete their Prince’s Trust Team qualification, and has also given them an opportunity to do something for their local community.

“I would like to thank Morrisons, Redcar for allowing us to bag pack in store, and Frank’s Factory Flooring in Redcar which gave us a discounted price on the carpet and fitting.  The support of local organisations is vital to the success of the programme and is much appreciated.”

The current students are halfway through their course and have six weeks left. This will involve a work placement, future planning, a team challenge working with a local community group, and a final presentation to which all their friends and family will be invited.

Abby added: “The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a great opportunity for people to learn new skills and work as a team, and everyone on the course has found it thoroughly rewarding so far. The next 12-week course begins in May and is open to young people in the Redcar & Cleveland area aged 16-25.”

Those interested can contact Abby on 01642 777650, 07872 841132 or email

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