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Young people in West Salford treat children’s centre to makeover


Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Environment

A group of 12 young people from West Salford have rolled up their sleeves to help refurbish a popular children’s centre in Eccles, thanks to a community project backed by The Prince’s Trust, City West Housing Trust and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

The Castle Stay and Play Group was treated to a makeover as part of The Prince’s Trust Team programme, a personal development scheme run from Eccles Fire Station where unemployed 16-25 year-olds can enhance their skills and experiences and move closer to employment. The scheme also gives them time to get involved in projects that allow them to make positive contributions to the local community.

As part of the 12 week course, the volunteers donned their overalls to paint the centre - which caters for 55 children aged between 0 and 14 - inside and out, while also building new benches and shelving.

Children at the centre helped to celebrate its new look at an opening ceremony with centre manager Judy Usher cutting the ribbon. 

Carys Thompson aged 18, from Little Hulton helped carry out the refurbishment work on the centre. She said: “Being on The Prince’s Trust Team programme with City West has greatly helped with my communication skills and my confidence has really improved.

“Thanks to this scheme, I’ve even got myself a work placement in a pharmacy and I’m really looking forward to starting it soon.”

Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise at City West Housing Trust, said: “We are delighted to once again partner with GMFRS and The Prince’s Trust to deliver opportunities and practical experiences for unemployed young people in Salford.

“All of the young people on the Team programme have worked extremely hard to give the Castle Stay and Play Group a new lease of life – and the fruit of their labour is evident in how fantastic the centre looks.

“We look forward to working with The Prince’s Trust again later this year to support local people who are looking to develop the skills and confidence they need to begin their journey into employment.”

To register your interest in taking part in the next Prince’s Trust Team programme beginning in June, please contact City West’s Enterprise Team at or call 0161 605 7792.


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