PRINCE’S TRUST YOUNG PEOPLE BRING VINTAGE FAIRGROUND
FUN TO WATERLOO DAY SERVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
A group of south Sefton-based young people have provided some vintage fairground fun for people who attend a Waterloo day service for older residents in the area.
Team members from the Prince’s Trust programme at Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station have created two sideshow-style photo boards for the Waterloo Park centre on Haigh Road, run by leading adult social care provider New Directions.
The programme is a course run at fire stations across Merseyside for young people aged 16-25 who are not currently in education or employment. It aims to develop their skills and strengthen their job prospects.
As well as job search advice, work experience and a residential trip, the young people take part in a community project of their choosing, with team members opting to go back in time to recreate the funfair art of yesteryear for Waterloo Park.
The results of their efforts are two contrasting and eye-catching boards. One of them – called Let’s Jive – takes rock and roll as its theme, a musical era that’s very familiar to many of the people who attend the day service.
The second board is a traditional Christmas scene, with lower holes for people to pop their heads through, specially designed for wheelchair users.
Members of the Prince’s Trust team presented the boards to Waterloo Park this week at a ceremony that was followed by a buffet and a ‘mix and mingle’ session with the older people.
Waterloo Park Manager, Michelle Colleran, commented: “We’re very grateful to the Prince’s Trust team for choosing us as their community project – everyone here is delighted with what they’ve produced.
“This type of intergenerational project really does benefit both age groups, and we’re also very pleased that two of the young people will be retuning here shortly for their work experience.”