In the spring of 2016, we launched a new community engagement initiative with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust, to mentor young people in the local community.
About the Initiative
The aim of the initiative is to help disadvantaged young people who are currently in or leaving care build their confidence and skills in order to gain employment. The Bouygues Energies & Services team at MFRS regularly work with these young people and help them get involved in community projects. Many of the young students who participate in the programme express how this opportunity has boosted their confidence and changed their lives.
A student who is part of the programme gave a speech saying “I honestly can’t believe I’m standing before you all here today…I turned 21 half way through and it was an age I never thought I would reach. 12 weeks ago I couldn’t imagine any sort of positive future for myself and I honestly feel like the team programme has enabled me to take control of my life again.”
A key part of the programme is a Community Project. This is a major DIY undertaking by the students for a not-for-profit organisation in their local community. Examples have been revamping gardens and creating sensory areas for disability groups; renovating community centres and decorating OAP Centres.
The young people we work with are predominately not in employment, education or training and have poor literacy and numeracy skills. For most of the young people, working with us is their first taster of employment, and many leave the scheme with a renewed appetite to gain employment or return to education. We’re proud to see the difference it makes to young people’s lives is huge, especially those who have suffered from previous negative experiences.
Bouygues Energies & Services was recently recognised for this initiative, in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and MFRS, by the PFM Awards. We were delighted to be announced as finalists in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership’ category. Making the final 3 from hundreds of applications was a huge achievement for the team.
We believe in investing in young people and empowering them to develop and move forward into further education and employment. We hope the project will continue to be a great success for both organisations, but most importantly the young people involved.