STUDENTS and staff at Rugby College have received a trio of prestigious awards from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire, in recognition of the impact they have made on a local community.
Joe Greenwell CBE DL, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, visited the college to congratulate those involved with The Prince’s Trust Team Programme for their recent project at a community church garden in Brownsover.
He presented the college with three High Sheriff awards and spoke with leaders about how the Team programme is supporting the development of young people in the region.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is based at Rugby College and is delivered in the area by college group WCG.
The first award was presented to students enrolled in the course who carried out work to renovate the garden in the church grounds of Christ Church Brownsover.
Team leader Georgia Allen received an award for leading the programme and delivering the project.
And Paul Harrison, Senior Prince’s Trust Programme Coordinator for Coventry and Warwickshire at WCG, was also recognised for his impact regionally with the course delivery.
The awards were made in recognition of great and valuable services to the community and recognise the appreciation of residents for activity and contribution in enhancing life of the community.
Mr Greenwell said: “The theme for my tenure as High Sheriff has been employability.
“When Georgia contacted me about the project at Brownsover and the wider Team programme through The Prince’s Trust, it was clear this was right at the core of my goals.
“It is very impressive for the initiative to have been able to achieve what it has in such a challenging year. I visited Christ Church in Brownsover during the project and I feel confident the programme is making a huge difference to the lives of the young people involved.
“The work they are doing is more important now than ever after the last 12 months. This is an exemplary contribution to the community and is well deserving of three High Sheriff Awards.”
Georgia Allen said: “Joe has been very supportive since we first met him last year and we’re hoping to continue this work with his successors over the coming years.
“Unfortunately, due to restrictions we weren’t able welcome students to be presented with the awards but they were over the moon when we told them and I’m sure it will look fantastic on their CVs in the future.
“Many young people involved in the programme are in difficult circumstances, so to receive an award like this from a highly respected person in society gives a great boost to their confidence.
“Our course starts up again in April and we are exploring our options for supporting community projects, and could be looking to return to Brownsover to support the church in the next stage of its development project.”
Visit https://wcg.ac.uk/page/25/princes-trust for more information on The Prince’s Trust and programmes available through WCG.