Centre boost

Chris Smith of the Princes Trust  and Alison Patterson of the Blackhall Community Centre with Princes Trust members who redecorated the centre and were working on the mural pictured.
Chris Smith of the Princes Trust and Alison Patterson of the Blackhall Community Centre with Princes Trust members who redecorated the centre and were working on the mural pictured.

YOUNG people rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into some hard graft to transform a former miners’ hall.

Twelve students who attend the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme have helped revitalise Blackhall Community Centre, in Hesleden Road, by giving it a lick of paint and creating a mural.

The 12-week personal development course run by the trust is youth-led and sees participants choosing a project they would like to work on.

Peterlee Prince’s Trust team leader Chris Smith said: “The students chose the centre as their community project as there was quite a lot of work to do in a short space of time, and wanted to challenge themselves.

“The students made a list of materials they would need and a plan of how long the project would take.

“The next step was to fundraise, and thanks to the help of B&M Bargains Peterlee the students set up a bag pack and raised an amazing £350.

“This was then used to buy paint and material. The students also set up a raffle at the community centre to raise extra funds.

“The students painted and decorated two community rooms and the community gym and their other task was to research and design a mural of a coal mining/pit scene.

“They finished painting the three rooms with time to spare so quickly amended their plan to paint some of the corridors that needed attention.”

Assistant team leader Marc Iveson said: “The students have all been outstanding and really got to grips with the project and secured good relations with the local community.”

Trust leaders say the project could not have been completed without support of centre manager Alison Paterson and staff.

The TEAM Programme is for 16 to 25-year-olds delivered by Stockton Riverside College and run from Peterlee.

The next course starts on January 20 and anyone interested in joining can contact the Peterlee team on 07875381711.