August 22, 2014 3.30 pm This story is over 116 months old

Youth group turn former Lincoln restaurant into community cafe

Community engagement: A team of youths from Lincoln have helped turn a disused Lincoln shop unit into a cafe.

A team of youths from Lincoln have helped turn a disused Lincoln shop unit into a cafe, with the help of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s Prince’s Trust Team Programme.

Over 12 weeks, the group of six helped community group Lincolnshare turn the former Big Wok unit on Beaumont Fee into Revival Café by cleaning and decorating.

The project aimed to help the youths improve their future prospects and make a positive contribution to the local community.

The team funded their materials by raising money through bag packing, selling cakes and a sponsored climb, raising £300.

They also helped Navigation Support and Care Service organise activities for people with support needs and learning disabilities.

Olly (18), who took part in the project, said: “I joined the Prince’s Trust Team Programme because I needed to do something with myself and I didn’t have any work experience.

“By taking part I have improved my teamwork and leadership skills and my confidence has increased dramatically.

“I would recommend this course to others as it’s a good opportunity to meet new people and it helps you realise what you can achieve.”

Helen Freeston from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue added: “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a tremendous opportunity for young people to make a positive change in their lives and improve their chances of a bright future.

We help all of our participants get what they want to out of the course. Whether it’s improve their confidence, gain work experience or develop skills.

“I am constantly impressed with what our teams achieve when they are given a bit of encouragement and constructive feedback – we are all about giving people a chance to shine!

“Most of our participants go on to take up further education and training and you can apply now for a place on our next programme.”

Since the Prince’s Trust Team Programme began in 2003, 1,000 county residents aged 16-25 have taken part.

The next programme in Lincoln starts on September 29. For more information contact [email protected] or call 01522 582285.