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All-female Cheshire fire service team graduate from Prince’s Trust programme

This is the first time the service has run an all-female course

The team pictured at their graduation at Chester Town Hall with chair of Cheshire Fire Authority councillor Bob Rudd with team leader Louise McMahon (front left) and assistant Claire Bowler (front right)(Image: UGC)

A group of young women have graduated from the first ever all-female Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service-led Prince’s Trust programme.

The graduation of the six, who are from across the Cheshire area, took place at Chester Town Hall.

To enable the team to graduate from the programme all the women gave a two minute speech about their time on the course.

They wore evening dress for the event and read their speeches in front of a packed audience of local dignitaries, family, friends and people who have helped and mentored them over the 12 week course.

Graduating from the course on the day were Hannah Latham, Tara Jensen, Jessica Gerrard, Eve Preston, Beth Martin and Lisabeth Hughes.

Team leader for the programme was Louise McMahon and assistant team leader Claire Bowler.

They were helped during the 12 weeks by employed team member Emma Brown who works for Barclays and Hannah Street who was on a university placement.

Youth engagement manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Jessica Burton said: “This is the first time we have run an all-female programme and it’s proved really helpful to the young women. Over the last 12 weeks they have learnt respect, self-confidence and a variety of new skills. They have also grown as individuals and now have clear aims and objectives in life.”

The team took part in a number of activities during the programme which included raising money for a community project by bag packing at a local supermarket, food hygiene, health and safety and first aid courses, driving safety course and a week-long team building event in North Wales.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week course giving young people between the ages of 16 and 25 the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is now recruiting for The Prince’s Trust team members so, if anybody is interested, or you know anyone aged between 16 and 25 who you think would benefit from The Prince’s Trust Team programme, please call youth engagement manager Jessica Burton on 01606 868920.

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