Volunteering helps prospects


A group of nine young people have volunteered to improve local green spaces and their job prospects at the same time.

The volunteers will make up the Green Team, a 12-week employment training scheme that mixes practical work with qualifications and real-life work skills.

Once again, Central Beds Council and community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire have partnered to run the team – the eighth in Bedfordshire – at sites across Arlesey and Stotfold.

Through a mixture of practical and classroom-based sessions, the Green Team will work together to learn various skills.

One of their major projects will be building an educational farm at Central Bedfordshire Academy in Stotfold.

As well as creating a great resource for the Academy’s students, the team will develop a lot of valuable skills and gain qualifications.

Joe, one of the team members, said: “Through the Green Team I want to get a job out of it and to improve on more life skills. I might go back to college to do a part-time course, too.”

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We want every young person to have the knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give them the best chance of success in life.”