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From Clutter To Flutter
Young people on a programme run by our Service
rolled up their sleeves to help butterflies and improve a park.
The nine-strong team, who were based at Bromborough Community Fire Station and were between 17-years-old and 21-years-old, worked together at New Ferry Butterfly Park.
They cleared vegetation including the troublesome non-native two-flowered honeysuckle that has smothered plants crucial to the park’s brightly coloured residents – the butterflies.
One day the team also cut and bundled up 106 hedging stakes for use on a hedge laying project on the Wirral Way, Thurstaston. The Prince’s Trust Team programme group were also on hand when a large elder tree was blown over in recent high winds at their park and, with their assistance, it was rapidly cleared up.
The team programme is run by our Service at community fire stations and this team was run in partnership with Wirral Metropolitan College.
Maria Talbot, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader at our Service who worked with the young people, said: “The team worked exceptionally hard for three weeks on physically
demanding tasks, and even worked through the rain on
more than one occasion. They learnt to work better as
a team and developed their leadership skills by taking turns to be the team leader for a day. I was very proud
of the amount of work they achieved in difficult conditions.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme is run by our Service for young people aged 16 to 25-years-old who are not in employment or education. The 12-week course is aimed at developing young people’s skills to strengthen their job prospects.
Kieran Gould, who is 20-years-old, from Rock Ferry and a member of the Prince’s Trust Team programme group that completed the work, said: “Despite it being an arduous and challenging experience at times, the community project has provided a really positive outcome. I feel proud that I have given back to the community that I have taken for granted until now.
“During my time on the Team Programme I have learnt valuable team working and leadership skills as well as learning a lot about myself and my capabilities. I strongly recommend it to anyone who may be feeling unmotivated through lack of employment or education opportunities, it’s a great confidence boost.”
For further information, please contact Tony Canavan, Youth Co-ordinator, on 07837 655627.
More information on the course and the Prince’s Trust is available here - /what_we_do/programmes/team_programme.aspx
Metamorphosis: The young people on the Prince’s Trust Team programme get stuck into their work at the butterfly park.
Photos supplied by Maria Talbot.
The atrium of the JCC in March this year. Photos: Karl Mansfield.
Staff in the Strategic Planning department of our Service had moved into part of the first floor of the new JCC while refurbishment work was being carried out on the ground floor of the existing headquarters building.
Two rooms on the first floor of the JCC are also being used as temporary meeting rooms.
The co-location of the fire and police control room functions will provide an opportunity to deliver a more efficient and effective service to the public. They will share site
infrastructure and facilities with the potential for sharing of technology solutions in the longer term.
Control room staff from our Service are expected to move in later this year.
Trees planted as part of the JCC work.
Landscaping work including planting 100 trees got underway in March as the Joint Control Centre was handed over to our Service.
Kier Construction started work at our headquarters in April last year clearing land and moving soil for the new car
parking area to the rear of
headquarter’s car park.
The build has a 10% green target as part of its construction and 100 metres of solar panels are in place on the roof of the extension.
Around half of the 100 trees, which were part of the planning application for the project, had been planted by the end of March with landscaping work progressing.
Temporary meeting room on the first floor of the JCC.

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