Area of Grantham canal is spruced up by Prince’s Trust volunteers

A group of young volunteers have been busy clearing an area by Grantham Canal this week as part of a 12-week community project.

By then end of next week, Harlaxton Wharf should look good as new, thanks to the hard work of 11 volunteers from the Prince’s Trust’s team programme, run by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

They will be cleaning benches, clearing rubbish, building a barbecue and creating animal shelters for wildlife.

Funded entirely from scratch, the team raised over £1,000 from bag packing in Morrisons in Grantham.

Youth engagement manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Andy Payne said: “We run a number of these programmes throughout the year for the Prince’s Trust. They are aimed at inspiring our young people, rebuilding their self-esteem and equipping them with the skills they need to increase their chances of getting into work, education or training.

“The work the team is doing at Harlaxton Wharf is just one way for young people to try new things and learn new skills, whilst making a positive difference to the local community and to themselves at the same time.

“As well as creating and managing their own projects, participants also get the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and will work with the team leader to create a personal development plan helping them to decide what they want out of their future and to map out how they will get there.”

Further community programmes are set to run in the area in May. Information: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/princestrust