A group of young people from Skegness were honoured at a Royal awards ceremony last week for their work revamping a local hall.
The young people were crowned winners of the Lafarge Community Impact Award at The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at Derby.
The award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their local community whilst developing their own skills.
And the Skegness group’s recognition came after they decided to revamp Seathorne Community Hall as part of their participation in The Prince’s Trust Team programme, which aims to help disadvantaged young people gain key workplace skills and confidence.
Team member Kirsty-Anne said: “It is brilliant to win this award. We worked really hard on our project and it feels great to have our achievements recognised. I would definitely encourage other young people to get involved with The Prince’s Trust.”
Paul O’Connor, from Lafarge, said: “I would like to congratulate the group for winning the award, which celebrates the success of young people turning their lives around and helping others within their community. We wish them the very best for the future.”
The nine youths thought the hall could be put to good use as a hub for social activities and set to work.
Each was assigned responsibility for a particular area of the building. Full-length dance mirrors, a DJ booth, and new garden fences were all installed.
In addition to a complete redecoration of the hall’s interior, the young people also carried out rigorous cleaning, creating murals aimed at young children and levelling ground for a patio.
The group raised funds for their cause by bag packing at a local supermarket, helping them to overcome low self-esteem and increase their confidence. Local residents raised £4,000 towards the hall’s upkeep.
The hall is now being used by a variety of organisations. A huge range of services aimed at families, young people and the elderly are provided and the new centre has become a hub for the community.
The majority of the group have since secured employment.