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16 November 2012 | news archive

FILM stars past and present will be coming to Leeds thanks to the Leeds Prince’s Trust Team who have created a movie theatre in a local community centre.

The group from Leeds City College has designed and created a mural of movie legends, as well as putting in place a HD projector, Blu-Ray and sound system, painting the room and putting up new curtains and drapes for the new movie theatre at Kentmere Community Centre in Seacroft.

However, not content with just making this the team members have also carried out other activities such as gardening, tidying and fixing various other parts of the community centre and its grounds.
The team’s work aims to help tackle social isolation among senior citizens living in Seacroft.

Team Leader Elliott Ward said: “The project has been a great success and has been very well received by the centre and its users. We hope this will lead to us doing more projects with the centre; it has already been noticed by Joanne Brook of Leeds City Council and hopefully this will lead to more beneficial and exciting projects for future Prince’s Trust Teams to get involved in.”

As part of the programme, students have to complete a four-week community project, which includes identifying, fundraising, planning and finally creating their vision as part of team. This project is the latest to be undertaken by the ten people, aged between 17 and 25, as part of a 12-week Princes Trust programme delivered in partnership with the College.

The Prince’s Trust runs programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves and to set and follow their own goals and ambitions, regardless of their background.

The Prince’s Trust Teams have worked closely with the Seacroft Good Neighbours scheme for more than a year. This follows a link set up by Elliott. The group has also helped to support the centre’s lunch club and create a recreation area at the facility.

Project coordinator Phil Davis said: “The young people work together as a coherent unit, feeling they are doing a good job and making a difference that will last for a long time.

“There is a lot of intergenerational work and the older people love the fact they are showing their commitment to them and they value their input.”

One of the previous teams was put forward by Phil for the Princes Trust Celebrate Success Awards 2012 for the outdoor area they created, where they made it to the Yorkshire Regional Finals.

Celebrate success awards celebrate young people who have changed their lives and those who have played a part in supporting the work of The Trust.

Phil added: “It is a major achievement for Elliott and his team to get his students through to this stage.”

The cinema is already proving popular with centre users. Barbara Kelly said: “These young people have spent a lot of time doing this and it looks really good. It will be nice to come here on an afternoon, get away from it all and enjoy a film!”

The next Prince’s Trust Team is due to start January 7. Anyone interested in joining should email elliott.ward@leedscitycollege.ac.uk .

You can find out more about the Princes Trust at www.princes-trust.org.uk

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