Eight young people from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, came together on The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme to play their part in helping some of their community’s most isolated people.

After meeting on Team, which is delivered in partnership with West Lancashire College and is designed to equip unemployed young people with the skills and confidence they need to find work, the group invited three charities to pitch for their help.

The Team agreed that Yewdale Counselling Service was most in need. This free counselling service is run by volunteers, helping many people in the local community. 

Working together to brainstorm ideas, the team came up with a blueprint for a therapeutic garden that included creating different areas within the garden itself and installing individual seating areas.

It took four weeks to transform the garden into a tranquil haven. The team’s determination to do a good job often saw them work at weekends and late into the night. They even repainted rooms inside the centre with subtle colour schemes personally chosen by the team to create a relaxing environment for users of the counselling service.

Encouraging each other when things got tough and learning essential life skills, Team 42 grew as individuals throughout the project, and developed a level of empathy and understanding towards each other that made them stronger and more positive.

Ryan Formby, Prince’s Trust Assistant Team Leader at West Lancashire College said:

I’ve never seen a process of bonding like this team displayed. They had many issues and barriers to overcome before they started the programme, but the continuous support they displayed towards each other was outstanding. 

Yewdale Counselling Service now has a beautiful garden that is regularly used by its service users and staff, and the young people have a sense of pride that will stay with them forever.

All eight Team members have progressed into employment, education or training.