A brush with success for Princes Trust students

Princes Trust students help out in Buckhaven
Princes Trust students help out in Buckhaven
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A group of college students grabbed a paint brush and took part in a community project in Buckhaven to help improve the area.

The Prince’s Trust students from the Leven campus of Fife College joined up with the environmental clean-up group CLEAR for the project which saw them painting and touching up a mural.

It came as part of a team project in the community for personal development and employability.

Siobhan Shepherd, student team leader, said: “The students are part of a 12-week programme with the Prince’s Trust which started at the beginning of September.

“We spoke to CLEAR who were looking for a number of volunteers to help re-paint and touch up the mural after it had been vandalised and just generally needed fresh coat of paint to help improve the area.

“Along with a local artist who volunteers with the clean up group, the students helped restore the art work.

“He painted the outlines and then the students came along and painted them in, adding colour and their own style to the piece.”

The mural has been there for many years and features a number of ships including fishing boats as part of the scenery and it was important that they got the paint colours right.

“It has a lot of historical significance to the people in the area,” continued Siobhan.

“So it was important that the colours that we chose for the ships sails, for example, were accurate.”

Siobhan then went on to praise the hard work of everybody involved.

She said: “The students all worked very hard on the mural. It’s quite large so it wasn’t easy!”

“They added the Prince’s Trust and CLEAR logos along with their names as proof of how hard they worked.”

The college students will now take part in a presentation in December to showcase all the hard work that they have put in over the past three months.

“It is a great chance for the students to show off what they have achieved to their family and friends,” Siobhan said.

“They are so happy and buzzing about the work that they have done so it will be a great day for them.”