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Bridport challenge starts with wash and brush-up
Buckets and sponges were at the ready for the start of a big challenge for a group of young Prince's Trust volunteers in Bridport.
To mark the start of the first Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Prince's Trust programme in west Dorset, the Bridport team cleaned up with a charity car wash at the town's fire station which raised £315.
Princes Trust Team Manager for DFRS, Marie-Clare Nicholson said: “The scheme supports and enables 16 to 25 year olds who are not currently in employment, education and training, or facing a variety of challenges.
“Part of the 12 week programme is to actively organise and plan a community project which meets an identified need within the local community and which will also have a long lasting and positive impact.”
The Bridport team has chosen to work closely with the Fisherman's Arms Day centre in Bridport. The day centre is a facility used to help develop and build independent living skills, enable independent access to the local community and enable their service users a chance to socialise.
The project is to design, develop and build a garden that will be accessible to all service users.
The challenge includes flattening the garden beds, ensuring that it is safe for all users, painting and redesigning storage facilities and planting and painting walkways to ensure the path is clear and marked out.
The Bridport team also hopes to run activities with the centre, such as baking and arts and crafts. They kicked off the challenge with the car wash which was supported by RKL Tools of Bridport and are hoping for donations from local businesses to help create the new garden.
Others in the team are also seeking sponsorship for the project by taking part in a charity abseil on Dartmoor.