Volunteers help major makeover at Kettering youth club

Members of the Prince's Trust team in Kettering have helped with a major refurbishment at the town's Keystone Youth Centre
Members of the Prince's Trust team in Kettering have helped with a major refurbishment at the town's Keystone Youth Centre
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A Kettering-based group of young volunteers have been carrying out a project to support a major community refurbishment scheme.

The team of 14 young people on the Prince’s Trust programme have helped with a major refurbishment at the Keystone Youth Centre in Rockingham Road.

They are part of one of the largest volunteer-led makeover projects in the region.

Previously, the Prince’s Trust team raised more than £800 for materials by packing bags at Sainsbury’s, and have used the money to develop a front-of-house re-development by painting walls and gates and by gardening.

Local firm Mick George Ltd have also helped the project by providing the use of two skips for free.

Claire Armstrong, from Mick George, said: “We have supported Keystone with a large grant towards their amazing eco refurbishment project, but when we heard about what the Prince’s Trust team were to do in support, we were so impressed that helping further was a really easy decision.”

Dave Lane, one of the Keystone’s trustees, said: “Although we have had more than 45 local people commit over 1,500 hours of work, we are, first of all, a youth facility and so it’s especially important when we get help like this from a group of young people, (that) we are appreciative of what they have done. They are a credit to themselves.”

Stacey Craven, one of the Prince’s Trust volunteers, added: “I think that the project went really well and helps Keystone look more aesthetically pleasing.

“We chose to do our community project at Keystone because we wanted to give something back to the community and help give a positive image to the members on the team.”