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West Mercia Police aims to inspire young lives as part of a partnership with youth charity The Prince's Trust.

Through a number of support schemes, currently being piloted in West Mercia, the aim is to work with The Trust to steer unemployed young people away from anti-social behaviour and criminality and help them get into jobs, education and training.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of The Prince's Trust, which has led to West Mercia Police participating in their Team programme for 16-25yr olds, xl clubs for 13-19 year olds, and the 'Million Makers Challenge'.

Team programme

Sergeant Ben Stephens, from Telford, attended a 20 day secondment on one of The Trust's Team programmes. Team is a 12-week personal development course which helps unemployed young people gain skills and confidence they need to secure work. Participants also achieve a nationally recognised qualification on completion of the programme.

During this time Sergeant Stephens worked closely with a number of young people, from different backgrounds, participating on the programme. His work included leading team building exercises, helping with local community projects and teaching the young people relevant skills for their workplace, such as CV writing, interview techniques and communication skills.

Xl clubs

This scheme is aimed at 13-19 year olds who are struggling at school or at risk of exclusion. The clubs are delivered in partnership with the schools and help young people gain skills to re-engage with education or onto a career path. They work towards a nationally recognised qualification, which all participants to date have successfully achieved.

West Mercia Police have also piloted two Prince's Trust xl clubs in Baxter College, Kidderminster and Ercall Wood Technology College, Telford, with plans for the clubs to be rolled out force wide through West Mercia Police's youth engagement teams.  

Million Makers Challenge

A small team of volunteer police officers and staff entered the Million Makers competition to further celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Prince's Trust. They came up with an original idea to raise money for The Trust.

The team will be working with schools, nurseries, play schemes, childminders, clubs and soft play groups, encouraging youngsters to create a design, on a canvass bag, which represents what they would like to be when they are older. The bags will then be sold to parents, relatives and friends with all profits going to the Prince's Trust. After pitching their business proposal to a dragon den's style panel including Prince's Trust representatives, the Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Finance for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, they were successful in securing £1500 in seed funding. Over the next six months, they will be bringing their idea to life, with the aim of turning the seed funding into a minimum of £10,000.

For more information about Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police's work with The Princes Trust or if you would your school, nursery, play scheme or group to be involved please visit:

Twitter: @MillionMakerWMP
Facebook:www.facebook.com/MillionMakersWarwickshirePoliceandWestMerciaPolice

To make a donation visit:

Just Giving Million Makers Page

For more information about The Princes Trust visit:

Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk
Twitter - @PrincesTrust
Facebook - facebook.com/princestrust