Scrubbing up Cameron - and their CVs

(SSFM 1014074, Neil Doig)  Princes Trust volunteers and staff at Cameron Hospital, Windygates
(SSFM 1014074, Neil Doig) Princes Trust volunteers and staff at Cameron Hospital, Windygates

A group of young people has been embracing the outdoors in a bid to give the grounds at Cameron Hospital a bit of a scrub up.

The group, which is currently in its seventh week of the Princes Trust course at Fife College, has been working hard in the garden of the Sir George Sharp Unit at the Windygates Hospital to provide a place for patients to relax and recuperate.

The Princes Trust students with Willie (back left) and Siobhan (front centre)

The Princes Trust students with Willie (back left) and Siobhan (front centre)

As well as clearing pathways to make it more accessible for those in wheelchairs, they have also brightened the area up with freshly painted planters, benches and fencing, alongwith newly planted flowers.

Team leader Siobhan Shepherd said the community project gives the young people, all aged between 16 and 25, the chance to plan and budget for a specific task and allows them to build on their interpersonal skills.

The aim of the Princes Trust course is to help get young people into further education or employment.

“It’s all about making them employment ready,” said Siobhan. “It’s about giving them skills they didn’t have so that when they leave, they have a CV which has a range of things on it, from planning to fundraising.”

William McEwan, deputy team leader, has been working with the Trust since 2005 and said: “It can work very well as long as they all put the effort in. The best way to describe it is a ‘gateway course’. There are very few courses which provide that stepping stone into education and employment.”

As well as the community project, the group has also been on a five-day residential team building course and are due to undertake a two-week work placement and team challenge where the members work with an organisation before presenting their work and celebrating their success in an event at the College in April.

For more information about the Princes Trust course, go to www.fife.ac.uk/student/courses/course/PTPDA or contact your local Job Centre.