DEDICATED young people who made it their mission to spruce up community spaces were recognised by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port on Friday.

Cllr Angela Claydon dropped in to Stanlaw Abbey Community Centre to present certificates to participants of the Prince’s Trust Team programme.

The group of 16-25-year-olds have given Stanlaw Abbey and Portside Children’s Centres a much-needed makeover as part of the 12-week scheme, run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The volunteers spent two weeks painting and decorating Stanlaw Abbey’s sensory room, providing users with a relaxing marine-themed haven.

They also dug deep in the community garden, preparing the beds for planting in the spring, cutting back overgrown shrubs and plants surrounding the centre and clearing and tidying the grounds.

At Portside Children’s Centre the team redecorated the main nursery, creating a light and airy room for children to play and learn in.

Sandra Molloy, assistant project manager at Ellesmere Port Fire Station, said: “Well done to Ellesmere Port Team 53 for their wonderful commitment and contribution to their local community.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a national initiative, providing training, qualifications and work experience to improve participants’ confidence and chances of finding employment, apprenticeships or education.

It enables young people to spend a week at a residential activity centre, undertake community projects, complete a work placement, take part in a team challenge and stage a final team presentation.

Anyone aged between 16 and 25 and interested in joining the next Prince’s Trust Team programme, starting on May 8, can contact Sandie on 07785 921705.