REVIEW OF THE YEAR: Council help Prince’s Trust move to Fenland

FENLAND Prince s Trust set up in business in Fenland District Council s South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris during the summer. The council heard of the Trust s difficulty in finding a permanent home earlier in the year and stepped in to help with an o

FENLAND Prince's Trust set up in business in Fenland District Council's South Fens Business Centre in Chatteris during the summer.

The council heard of the Trust's difficulty in finding a permanent home earlier in the year and stepped in to help with an offer of office accommodation in Chatteris. The fully-serviced business centre, which is 100 per cent full with knowledge-based businesses, was proving hugely popular with companies queuing up to take up residence.

The arrival of the Trust spelled good news for young people in Fenland, who will be able to benefit from advice and support in attending college or setting up businesses.

The Trust had been established in Cambridgeshire for more than 25 years. It had spent 15 years in Cambridge and 10 years in Huntingdon. This was followed by a brief interim spell of 11 months in Peterborough while a new and more permanent home could be found.


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The Trust was already hard at work in the district running classes at the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris for young people from the Junction Pupil Referral Unit as part of a Leader+ project. The sort of projects the Trust gets involved in are, for instance, helping young people set up village community centres, renovating village halls or starting allotments.

The Prince's Trust is now on the doorstep for Fenland young people who are now in a prime position to seek support in setting up businesses or continuing their education.

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Cllr Steve Garratt, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for young people, said: "The Prince's Trust is a marvellous organisation dedicated to helping young people. The fact that the council has pulled out all the stops to provide them with a base in Fenland was great news. It will be of great benefit to local young people.

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