A group of City of Bristol College learners are working hard this week to provide a happy Christmas for hundreds of children around the city.
Students from the Prince’s Trust course at the College have created a travelling Christmas grotto, taking it around Bristol to spread Christmas cheer.
Prince’s Trust Team 256 raised money for the grotto by offering bag packing services at a Tesco store in Goldenhill. The money raised allowed students to create a magical grotto with individual gifts for each child, along with helpful Elves and of course, Father Christmas.
The touring grotto includes a chimney breast, a window, Christmas tree, a sack full of presents and a big red chair for Father Christmas. The grotto visited all 180 children at Ashley Down Primary School and another 50 children at St Paul’s Adventure Playground.
Team Leader Danny Alfaraj, also known as Father Christmas, tells us more: “Our students have done amazing work this week. Not only have they raised a substantial amount of money, they’ve given hundreds of children a magical experience they won’t quickly forget. They’ve done everything, from deciding on the gifts for the children to creating the grotto and dressing up as elves. For young people who have become disengaged, this has really given them a positive focus.”
Elf Louise, also known as student Louise Goodway, said: “This week has been hard work with some big challenges. To see little children’s happy faces and hear their screams of excitement made everything worthwhile. I’ve loved this experience“.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is aimed at unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds, helping them to build confidence, improve their skills and direct them towards a career or education path.
The programme involves work experience, planning for progression, career planning, community support, presentation skills and teamwork.
City of Bristol College will be running more Prince’s Trust teams, starting in January.
Prince's Trust Team 256 in St Paul's Adventure Playground