Young volunteers gain recognition for hard work

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The hard work of young volunteers in Calderdale has been recognised at a special celebration event.

Six young people who were not previously in employment or education have been working as volunteers on environmental projects throughout Calderdale, gaining a range of skills in countryside management, construction and horticulture, and receiving valuable experience of the world of work.

To mark the completion of their 12 week placements on this innovative programme, Calderdale’s Community Task Force held an open event where the volunteers showcased the woodland management and construction works that they have carried out at Southowram Bank.

In addition to practical environmental task training, the team have received intensive support to develop their job hunting skills. Three young volunteers have secured jobs or work experience placements since working on the programme, whilst one is moving on to study for a degree in Environmental Science.

Calderdale Council Cabinet member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins said: “The young people volunteering for the Community Task Force have made great personal progress towards employment, whilst carrying out valuable environmental work for Calderdale. They should be proud of their achievements and I wish them well with their future careers.”