YOUNGSTERS aiming to get their lives on track have been out and about working on community projects.
A group of 16 to 25-year-olds from Daventry are taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which was launched in the town’s leisure centre in September.
The aim of the 12-week course is to give educational underachievers and the long-term unemployed the chance to learn new skills.
During the past two weeks they have been working at Daventry Community Centre on Ashby Road and Southbrook Junior School.
Course leader Matthew Otley said: “We’ve had two projects going on, one at the community centre and one at the school.
“The work at the community centre is part of an ongoing project. They are looking to paint the whole centre and build an outdoor play area.
“So we’ve started it and the next Prince’s Trust team in Daventry next year will carry it on.
“The project at the junior school is something we are doing with Daventry and District Housing.
“We have planted some trees and the school is also getting a new shelter area in the playground.
“It’s aimed at children who are dropped off early in the morning so they have somewhere to sit and maybe read or chill out.
“The team here have been working very well together and getting the jobs done well.
“Some of them have never painted or done any gardening before so they are learning new skills.
“These are two good projects we are happy to be involved in.”