A team from the Prince’s Trust in Lambeth have just completed a hard week’s work painting St Mark’s Church, Rowfant Road, Balham.
The young adults, aged 16-25, are taking part in a 12 week Prince’s Trust programme which involves planning and funding their own community projects, undertaking work placements and being supported to write CVs and complete job applications. This group are currently half way through the programme.
When tasked with finding a local community project which they could take on, after exploring a number of local organisations in need of help, the group chose St Mark’s in Balham. The church hall was in much need of decorating, and the Trust’s support was welcomed.
As part of the project the team had to raise the funds for the work themselves, which they did by bag-packing in Sainsbury’s and Asda – and managed to raise an impressive £400.
The team were then charged with decorating the main church hall and designing a mural at the entrance to the church. They also raised enough funds to plant flower beds at the front of the church, which the team planted with the help of children from Betrum House Nursery, next door.
Sadiq visited the church today to inspect the work of the Prince’s Trust team as they added the finishing touches and to congratulate them on such a successful community project.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“The work these young local volunteers have done at St Mark’s Church in Balham is inspiring. This is the real face of the young. The team have done a great job of painting the church and improving the garden. What’s even more impressive is that they raised the funds to do it themselves. Well done!
“It is always a pleasure to see young adults undertaking projects in our community – and this is no exception. I would like to say a big thank you to all the people involved in this project - another great job from the Prince’s Trust.”
“I hope The Prince’s Trust will continue to organise lots of valuable projects like this within the local community in Tooting.”
Philip Nipah, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader said,
“The team chose this project because it enabled them to really utilise their skills, to work together as a team and to use each other’s strengths. It’s been great to see the group really challenge themselves, but also doing something positive and engaging – they have all worked extremely hard and have been a pleasure to work with.”