Youth centre garden transformed

Published: Tuesday 28th February 12

A group of dedicated young people have helped transform a garden space at a youth centre into a sleek and stylish area that can be used all year round.

The garden at Wandsworth Council's Training Resource Centre in Alma Road was given a makeover by The Prince's Trust Wandsworth Team 47 ahead of a grand unveiling event on Friday, February 17.

A team of 14 young people aged 19 to 25, who embarked on an employment and development programme run by the charity in January, were responsible for creating the new outdoor space.Wandsworth TRC post improvement work

The project was partly paid for by a £874 grant from the council's Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF), which offers young people funding of up to £5,000 for small projects or activities.

The Prince's Trust Wandsworth contributed a further £686, which they recently raised by packing customers' shopping in Waitrose, Southside Shopping Centre.

Wandsworth's Mayor, Councillor Jane Cooper, attended the unveiling event to help officially open the new garden.

Team leader at The Prince's Trust Wandsworth, Stella Bell-Gam, said: "These young people have worked incredibly hard to revitalise this fantastic outdoor space.

"They toughed it out during the recent cold weather - battling snow and ice to complete this project on schedule.

"Clearing rubbish and weeds, digging up plants and trees no longer suited to the garden, restructuring paths and sanding down a large area of decking, they have now given this garden a complete overhaul and a new lease of life."Wandsworth TRC prior to improvement work

The council's cabinet member for education and children's services, Councillor Kathy Tracey, said: "I am sure the efforts of these young people will be greatly appreciated by all the teenagers who use the centre.

"The staff there do a fantastic job working with young people and providing a space where they can develop under the supervision of enthusiastic adults who give them the foundations to flourish in later life."

The youth facility - situated close to Wandsworth Town Railway Station - has been working with young people aged 11 to 19 for the past 20 years.

It delivers a wide variety of dynamic, fun programmes including a range of structured and open sessions such as studio, street dance, drama, digital photography, cookery, sports and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.

This financial year, the YOF allocated more than £100,000 in grants to schemes devised by and for young people in Wandsworth.

For more information about the YOF call 020 8871 7553 or email

The Prince's Trust team programme is a free 12 week personal development course for those aged 16 to 25.

It is aimed at increasing young people's confidence and working skills through a range of activities, including a team building residential week away in Derbyshire, community projects such as at the Training Resource Centre, and work placements.

To find out more contact Stella Bell-Gam at Wandsworth Prince's Trust by calling 020 8874 4679 or emailing



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