Charity link for SECAmb

Monday, 28 July, 2008

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) is to become the first ambulance trust in the UK to team up with the youth charity, The Prince's Trust.

SECAmb is to support The Prince's Trust's Team programme which helps young people aged between 16 and 25 return to education, gain employment or training. Ambulance clinicians will be seconded for 12 weeks to work as team leaders for the programme which aims to boost the confidence, motivation and develop the skills of the youngster so they can move on with their lives.

The Team programme, which has a 70 per cent success rate in getting youngsters into work, education or training, already works with fire and police services across the country as well as the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Organisational Development Manager for SECAmb, Pam Fricker, who is helping to set up the project, explained, "Joining forces with The Prince's Trust highlights our commitment to work with the community. It is important that we engage with the public and on many different levels. This approach will hopefully give us an avenue to engage better with young people.

"The collaboration will also give our staff valuable skills in leadership, team working and organisational skills which can transfer well when they return to the Trust and assist them in developing their current roles and future careers."
SECAmb will be working with the Team programme from September this year.

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