Residents of Salisbury, St. George, have a reason to smile , after their community park received a much needed clean up, thanks to some young volunteers.
As part of their community outreach project, young persons involved in the Prince’s Trust International organisation, took to the task recently, and completely refurbished the community park located in the parish. It was in desperate need of some attention.
The Trust, which partners with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to conduct various mentorship programs on the island, implemented a 12-week Personal Development program for 17 participants, between the ages of 16 and 25, this year.
Inspector Roland Cobbler of the RBPF, who is attached to the program, said that the Force sees such initiatives that target young persons as important ones.
“From a law enforcement perspective, this can be considered a significant partnership. The programme provides members of the Royal Barbados Police Force with an opportunity to positively influence the youth, especially at an age which, according to statistics, they are more likely to become involved in criminal behaviours. The Prince’s Trust International team has the potential [to make] a difference in the lives of our young people,” he said.
In order to raise funds for the project, team members embarked on various activities such as car washing, and selling of water during the last 12 weeks. Their efforts were not in vain as they managed to raise $1, 200, which easily covered the items needed for the work.
One of the members of the group, 20-year-old Dishonna Howell, said that the team was very proud of what they did in order to help beautify the area.
“We the participants of the Prince’s Trust International program, are feeling proud of ourselves today, as we have managed to accomplish in this short space of time, putting more life and brightening up a community with such beautiful colours that add value to the life in the community,” she said. (SB)