City of Bristol College’s Prince’s Trust Team 256 attended the Prince's Trust Awards on 21st November 2017, where they were awarded the Community Impact Award for a Christmas grotto project they developed.
The team of 12, aged 16-20, studied together on a Prince’s Trust programme that aims to help build the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people. They raised £478.75 for the grotto by taking part in a four-hour bag-pack at Tesco and asked for gift donations from stores around Bristol. They turned their team base into a winter wonderland and put the grotto and all its props together, piece by piece.
Team member Amie Lukacs said: “It was coming up to Christmas, a time when lots of families don’t have much money to spare, so we decided to link our community project with the season and make a Christmas grotto that was free for everyone.
“We originally couldn’t find a home for the grotto, so we made it mobile and found three different sites to host it over the course of a week. The risk assessments and logistics of moving it from one place to the next was pretty complicated, but we did it. We even got elves to play games and tell stories to the children queuing for Father Christmas.”
“Not everything went to plan but we weren’t about to give up, because we wanted it to be a magical experience for the kids, so we just made it work with a bit of creative thinking.
Amie went on to say: “More than 200 children visited our grotto and to see their happy faces made everything worthwhile. You can’t beat that feeling! I’ve loved this experience.”
The team’s successful grotto project reached the media and saw it filmed for Made in Bristol, Bristol’s own lifestyle and news TV channel.
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