Princes Trust team enjoy graduation

A team of young people who spent three months working in the Peterhead community to turn their lives around celebrated their success at a graduation ceremony last week.

Aberdeen Foyer’s Prince’s Trust Team 31 held their final presentation at Peterhead’s Palace Hotel on Wednesday, December 4.

During the ceremony each of the 14 team members, aged between 16-25, gave a speech and thanked organisers for their help

Team leader Bryan Mackay said: “Tonight is the culmination of 12 weeks of work.

“The team spent three weeks on a community project, redecorating the Buchan Radio studios.

“They fundraised for it and carried out all the work.”

In total this year’s team have done more than 1,000 hours of voluntary work in the area.

Each of them spent five days working with children from local primary schools.

They also spent a day wrapping presents for the Giving Tree project.

Mr Mackay added: “But it’s not just that. They’ve been given qualifications and gained self esteem and confidence.

“For a lot of them they’re off to employment, college or to do volunteer work.

“Everyone here has got a positive destination to go to.

“For a lot of my young people, they’ve never had a prom, they’ve never been to university. This is their chance to shine in the limelight.

“Tonight is about them getting all the glory.”

Team member Nathan Milne said: “I’m very appreciative of everything that’s happened.

“It’s turned my life around and made me realise the life I chose before wasn’t the life I should have chosen.”

Every year the trust works with 40,000 young people in the UK.