VOLUNTEERS from the Prince’s Trust have their paintbrushes at the ready as they help spruce up the Chad charity’s premises ahead of an exciting event.
The group of 15 young people are working at disabled children’s charity A Place To Call Our Own for a fortnight, giving its large building on Botany Park a new lick of paint throughout.
The redecoration is part of preparations at APTCOO for a big celebratory event that is being held on 27th March to mark its 20th birthday and which will also see the re-launch of its sensory room.
Deborah Newton, Prince’s Trust team leader in Mansfield, said that although this is the first time the two charities have worked together, they all hope that this is the start of a long working relationship.
“Prince’s Trust courses are designed to help young people get involved in full-time education and employment,” she said.
“Part of the course is to do a community project - they have to put something back into the community - and this is particularly relevant because it’s also working with disabled children.”
The Prince’s Trust volunteers, who are aged between 17 and 24, even raised the money needed to buy the paint for the redecoration themselves - collecting £280 by packing bags for customers at Morrisons supermarket on Sutton Road.
Deborah added: “It has been a real eye-opener for them and they have loved it.
“One of them has actually said that since being here he is now considering a career in youth work.”
Carol Burkitt, APTCOO’s Chief Executive Officer, said that the young people have helped kickstart the transformation of APTCOO.
She said: “Through the Prince’s Trust we have been able to refresh the whole building in readiness for the further refurbishment works to be carried out.
“This will make our premises feel much brighter and a big thank you goes out from all staff, parents and children who will benefit from the changes.
“The help and support means APTCOO is able to focus on spending valuable donations in areas that our children and parents enjoy.”
The party event on 27th March will feature displays of artwork by children who attend APTCOO, lots of fun activities and refreshments, with more details to be released nearer the time.
l Mansfield law firm Carter Brown Associates has named APTCOO as one of two charities to benefit from its 10th anniversary ball and auction.
The black tie event is on 1st April at the Derbyshire Hotel, and includes a drinks reception, three-course meal, live music and a charity raffle and auction, with tickets £50 per person or £450 for a table of 10 and available on 661089.