Youngsters at The Prince’s Trust have helped the elderly by finishing a refurbishment project at a Nelson day centre.
A special reopening event was held at the Age UK centre in Walton Lane on Friday to mark its completion, combining Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the Trust group in Nelson and Age UK Lancashire.
Over the last two weeks, the Trust’s young people in Nelson have been helping to renovate the garden areas and freshen up the kitchen and toilet facilities.
The Prince’s Trust in Nelson is facilitated by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who strive to work closely with local communities and bring together people from all backgrounds and of all ages to improve community spirit and help younger people learn new skills and build confidence.
Lesley Bowden, of Age UK Lancashire, said: “This has been an absolutely fantastic project and has really made a difference to the building.
“The group have worked so hard digging up the garden, weeding and replanting fresh new plants and bulbs. They have even painted the fences.
“They also repainted our kitchen and toilets which has made a big difference. We think it’s great to be part of this inter-generational work and the fact the Mayor and Mayoress have come to support today shows what an important project this has been.”
Those in attendance on Friday included the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Carol Belshaw Goulthorp, along with representatives from the Prince’s Trust and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
The students each gave a small talk about their experiences and the work they have done as well as thanking Dewsons and Wilko for donating materials and plants to enable them to complete the project.
Walton Lane offers enhanced dementia support as well as supporting older people with other needs and is open six days a week.
The centre is a lifeline to many older people and their families and relies on the support of local community groups and organisations to support and raise funds to continue their work.
Go to ageuklancs.org.uk or call 0300 303 1234 for more information.