A group of youngsters have created better places and a brighter future for themselves.
Guests gathered at Arlesey Town Football Club to celebrate their achievements on Wednesday.
Over the last 12 weeks, the volunteers have been part of the Green Team, an employment training scheme run by community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.
It mixes practical work with qualifications and real-life work skills.
Once again, Central Bedfordshire Council and Groundwork partnered to run the team – the eighth in Bedfordshire – at sites across the county.
The Green Team have put their new construction, health and safety and teamwork skills to use by building and planting up raised beds and erecting a pergola at Gale Court sheltered housing in Barton-le-Clay.
They have also improved Home Farm Trust’s allotment site in Shefford, making it suitable for wheelchair users and those with learning difficulties so that the Trust’s clients can grow their own vegetables at the plot.
The car park at Arlesey Town Football Club has also benefitted – it now boasts a bench and planter, which the team showed off at the celebration event.
Jack, one of the team members, said: “I loved every minute of the Green Team. I’ve made some great friends and there hasn’t been a dull moment. It’s also helped to give me direction and the confidence to go out and find work.”
The volunteers’ accomplishments aren’t all practical though, all six members of the team who sat the City & Guilds qualifications in Land-Based Studies and Employability Skills passed.
On top of that two of them now have their Construction Skills Certification Scheme card – crucial for work in the construction industry.
They’ve all also improved their maths and English as well.