A group of young people on The Prince’s Trust course at Sussex Downs College in Newhaven have won a prestigious award.
They created a community project to renovate Newhaven Fort’s Grand Magazine and are now one of three groups of young people from London and the South East to be short listed for the Morgan Stanley Community Impact Award.
The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards took place in November at the Emirates Stadium.
The Morgan Stanley Community Impact Award recognises the positive contribution young people make to their community whilst developing skills.
A spokesperson for the Prince’s Trust said: “The team wanted to work on key historical aspects of the fort and planned to renovate the fort’s Grand Magazine, which historically stored gunpowder and shells.
“After fundraising for the materials they needed to complete the work, the team set about researching their subjects before hand-painting silhouettes of gun shells, gun powder barrels and a soldier within the Grand Magazine; they then spent four days re-painting the large naval gun, its hand rails and safety lines.
“Persevering even when the weather was extremely cold , they weeded and swept a 100m walkway, painted an exhibition through the tunnel to the gun, and accurately researched, designed and put up two large information boards .
“Newhaven Fort and its surrounding community has benefited from the increased public and media interest raised by the young people’s work, and the young people themselves have developed essential life skills like teamwork, budgeting and organisation, which they are using to take their lives forwards.”
EMEA chief administrative officer at Morgan Stanley, Sue Watts added: “Many congratulations to everyone in the Newhaven group for winning The Morgan Stanley Community Impact Award in London and the South East.
“These young people have not only gone far in improving their own futures, but also in improving the lives of those in their local community.”
The Prince’s Trust gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job.
Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.