A team of young people taking part in a major local youth development programme have unveiled their hard work and transformation of a community theatre.
The group, who are taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme have spent the last week tidying, cleaning and decorating the changing room and corridor area at the Dearne Playhouse on Washington Street in Goldthorpe.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is being delivered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police from Barnsley fire station. Team Programme is a 12 week course for unemployed 16 to 25 year olds, offering work experience, qualifications, practical training and a residential development week.
The programme encourages the young people to nominate their own community project, with those on the current scheme choosing to transform this well loved community theatre for the local people. The backstage area has now been brightened up and is a calming place for the thousands of young children and adults using the theatres facilities each year.
The group were able to fund the transformation after raising cash from a raffle and a bag pack at Asda the week before.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Team Leader Rhian Oxley said: “Team Programme is about more than simply boosting young people’s employment skills. It gives them hope, confidence and the opportunity to make a difference.
“The community project the young people have been involved in is the perfect proof of that aspiration and we hope the sense of achievement it gives them will give them the self-belief which they can transfer to their future lives.”