Thursday 26 November, 2020

Sayes Court Community Park gets a makeover

The Sayes Court Community Park in Christ Church received a full makeover complements the Prince's Trust International. 

On Friday, residents were presented with refurbished community park thanks to the efforts of the participants of the Prince's Trust International Programme. 

The 12-week personal development programme caters to young adults ages 16 to 25, who are unemployed or not engaged in any aspects of educational or vocational training. The participants are equipped with English and Maths skills and taught developmental skills such as communication and working with a team. 

Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), who delivered the opening remarks at the ceremony commended the programme for engaging the youth, fostering community spirit, and bridging the gap between the "young and old". 

"Based on what is happening in our society today, we the Royal Barbados Police Force strongly believe that creating opportunities for our youth will then deviate them away from criminal activity, antisocial behaviour and assist them in becoming positive members in our society," Cobbler said. 

He went on to stress that the programme was significant because it specifically targeted those in the 16 to 25 age group who might be at risk of participating in criminal activity. 

“What is even more essential is that the programme targets young people between the ages of 16 to 25, which our statistics are suggesting are more likely to become involved in criminal behaviour,” said the acting inspector. 

Team leader of Prince Trust, Chad Linton revealed that participants sold drinks and washed cars to carry out the project, raising over $800. He stated that the initiative was worthwhile as participants were motivated and eager to see the final results. 

"I am sure that the participants are very proud of what they have been able to achieve and that it will act as a motivator as they move on in life whenever they feel that something cannot be done. At the end, based on what was produced, all the hard work was worth it when you marvel at this beautiful park," Linton remarked. 

Participant Annmarie Burrowes also said that the participants were proud of the final results. She indicated that the group learnt the importance of teamwork and communication during the project. 

"At the beginning of rebuilding the park, we knew that it wouldn’t be an easy job, but when it was time to work, we did what needed to be done. We sanded the benches, the swings, and the slides. We also replaced everything that needed to be replaced with new ones, and we repainted everything. The fundraising event and rebuilding of the park was exhausting, but at the same time, it was a wonderful experience. It was inspiring and very challenging," she added. 


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