A team of eight unemployed volunteers in Ramsey have improved their prospects whilst creating an area for youngsters to enjoy in the town.
The volunteers came together for Green Skills, an employment training course run by community charity Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, made possible by the funding Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust received from Tesco Bags of Help.
For the past five weeks, the group has been learning practical skills and putting them to use at the Gauntlet Auto project – a project that promotes and provides a safe area for young people to ride motorbikes and mopeds – and where the team started work by creating a decked viewing area with a wheelchair access ramp to provide an accessible entrance for supporters.
The volunteers also installed raised planters, an tyre bench and tyre planters to provide an area for the motorbike enthusiasts. The team added a final touch by building an area to attract the local wildlife including bird boxes and a bumble bee ‘bed and breakfast’.
On top of this practical experience, the volunteers have boosted their job prospects through a City & Guilds Award in employability skills and training for the CSCS test – the health and safety qualification that’s crucial for work in the construction industry.
Project partners and the volunteers gathered to celebrate the completion of the project on December 9 and were presented with certificates by the mayor of Ramsey, Councillor Adela Costello.
Andrea Finbow, Groundwork’s employment and community project supervisor, said: “Every participant came into their own and we discovered many hidden skills and talents that they had to offer. The work was completed to a high standard with everyone taking pride in the wider benefit to the Gauntlet project.
“I would like to thank the Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust for all of their support, as well as the companies that gave their time to our mock interviews, which gave the participants invaluable experience that will help them following the project.”
Val Fendley, programme manager for Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust said: “As a community development charity our role is to facilitate and enable, and by linking appropriate organisations, applying for funding and then co-ordinating all of this locally we really are able to make a difference.
“The enhanced spectator area at Gauntlet looks amazing. Congratulations to all the volunteers who worked so hard.”