Wisbech Oasis Community Centre revamp by Prince’s Trust work experience Team is ‘fantastic’

Chris Stevens, Oasis Centre manager, cutting a ribbon. Picture: ROB MORRIS

Chris Stevens, Oasis Centre manager, cutting a ribbon. Picture: ROB MORRIS - Credit: Archant

A group of hard-working youngsters have been credited for doing a “fantastic” job of sprucing up Wisbech’s Oasis Community Centre.

The team of 16-25-year-olds spent two weeks revamping the outdoor areas of the centre, in St Michael’s Avenue, as part of Fenland’s Prince’s Trust 12-week Team programme.

The programme aims to help unemployed young adults by boosting their confidence, motivation and employability skills.

Steve Lucas, leader of the Prince’s Trust Team programme in Fenland, said: “The young people got stuck in to this project from all angles.”

Participants identified the project, raised more than £400 to support it, planned, managed and carried out the work in two weeks, with help from Wisbech firefighters.

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Mr Lucas said: “The young people wanted to bring some life back into the outdoor areas so they re-laid decking, painted fences, repaired planter boxes and put new flowers in. We really hope the community enjoy the improvements this summer.”

Chris Stevens, Oasis manager said the group did a “fantastic” job.

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“The garden was falling apart,” she said. “From pricing up and sourcing items to holding a car wash to raise funds, they spent a week-and-a-half pulling the garden to bits.

“We definitely wouldn’t have been able to achieve what they have achieved in such a short space of time. They were a fantastic group and the centre looks really great.

“I hope that they all find work because they will be a credit to any company.”

To get involved with the scheme in the future, contact Steve Lucas on 07919 492316.

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