Students renovate adventure playground

May 26 2016

Students renovate adventure playground

A GROUP of students on City of Bristol College’s Prince’s Trust Team Programme have come together to give a children’s playground a new lease of life.

Student Danny Schofield explained: “We had to choose a community project that positively impacts the community. There is an Adventure Playground in St Pauls that hundreds of children use every day. There were lots of things that needed work and I still can’t believe how much we’ve done in such a short time.”

The team raised over £500 for the project through fundraising activities including a bag pack at Tesco, Golden Hill and a raffle, sourcing prizes such as a paint ball day and meals at top restaurants.

The students also recycled much of the materials that were cleared from the site, to save money and utilise all of the available materials.

Students repaired a BBQ area, built a bike shed, and constructed several shelters with seats.

They also transformed patches of land into growing patches for children to be able to grow vegetables and plants as well as designing creative games for children that were based around social skills and nutrition.

Danny Alfaraj, The Prince’s Trust team leader, said: “I’m incredibly proud of their achievements. The Prince’s Trust is a challenging project and students are often being pushed out of their comfort zone. Thanks to all their efforts and hard work, they have completed a project that will have a fantastic effect on the local community. The students will now going on to positive outcomes, many of which are at City of Bristol College.”

The Prince’s Trust programme involves work experience, planning for progression, career planning, community support, presentation skills and teamwork. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is aimed at unemployed 16 to 25 yearolds, helping them to build confidence, improve skills and direct them towards a career or education path.