Students place their Trust in the unemployed

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STUDENTS from Milton Keynes College have been fundraising and producing employment packs to help local unemployed people.

As part of the Prince’s Trust 12 week course, students raised over £400 to make packs of toiletries and stationary to give out to people aged between 16 to 25 who are looking for work.

They also produced their own video about how to write a CV and prepare for a job interview.

Ian Fraser, Projects Programme Manager, explained how the students came about the idea.

He said: “Part of the Prince’s Trust course is raising funds to go towards a community project, such as painting local community centres.

“But this time the students wanted to help other young people who are finding it hard to get a job.”

After a sponsored abseil, cake sale and bag pack at Marks and Spencers, the students visited local hostels to find young people they could help.

Course participant, Ashleigh Wells, 17, from Bletchley, revealed they were inspired by the course to do something for other people their age.

“Everybody on this course knows how hard it is to find work at the moment,” she said.

“We thought it is our age group that really needs the most help right now.”

After taking some packs to the YMCA Hostel in the city centre, Resident Support and Involvement Officer, Clare Benjafield thanked the students for their efforts.

She said: “I think it is a wonderful resource for residents. Young people need all the help they can get at the moment and I would like to thank the Prince’s Trust and Milton Keynes College for these gifts.”

Around 30 packs have been successfully distributed and more are being put together for Connexions, P3 Charity and the College’s Welfare Team.

> Article provided by UCMK student Mary Biswell, picture taken by Charlie Ray.