New Year, New Challenge? Sign up for the Prince’s Trust!

If your goal this year is to learn new skills, push yourself out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges as part of an epic team, then the Prince’s Trust programme could be for you. 

The 12-week programme, for young people aged between 16-25, is made up of everything from fun and challenging team-building exercises to community based projects, making a real difference to local areas.

The programme, delivered by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, starts again in Rotherham and Barnsley later this month, as John Daley, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue explains.

“Over three months, we give youngsters the opportunity to really push themselves, learn new skills and have fun in the process.

“They give back to the community through local based projects, which they help to decide, and work hard to really make a difference and improve an area through that work.

“While they will learn many practical and employable skills along the way, often what we see the most is a huge increase in the confidence of those who take part, which is fantastic.

“Prince’s Trust really does help people develop and over recent years we’ve picked up numerous awards, including two for community projects and one known as a Rising Star award, which is given to the person who has shown the most progress and development across the course each year.”

The next course, in Rotherham, will start on Monday 22 January while the Barnsley course will start the following week on Monday 29 January.

Courses will be held in Sheffield later in the year.

To find out more about the programme, and to get a taster of what it would be like before signing up, there are a number of open days taking place over the next few weeks, which people are encouraged to attend.

They will be held at Broadway in Barnsley on January 8, 10, 15 and 23rd and at Dearne Community Fire Station, in Manvers on 16, 17 and 18th for the Dearne course.

There will be sessions on each open day from 10-12pm and from 1-3pm on the above days.

To be part of the next programme text YES ROTHERHAM or YES BARNSLEY to  07769 887249 or email

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