Princes Trust renovate Stalybridge Church

Youngsters from across Tameside have been pitching in to improve their local community.

12 young people, aged from 16-25, have been repainting Ridgehill Baptist Church as part of a Prince’s Trust community project.

Run out of Hyde Fire Station, the 12 week project works with young people to give them confidence and teach them life skills that will serve them well in later life.

The group had a choice of which projects they wanted to support and settled on helping to revitalise the old church.

Emma Sercombe, Team Manager at the Hyde branch of the Prince’s Trust said: “We chose to do this for a community project because we felt it was more needing of our help due to the fact that many of the people who use the church are elderly and therefore are not able to do it themselves. 

“We came to the conclusion that if we painted the Church it would benefit the community by giving them a better social space for everyone who uses the centre.”

The project was funded by a sponsored bag pack at ASDA in Hyde, where the young people helped raise £454 which paid for the supplies for the project.

The young people sanded the walls and washed them with sugar soap before undercoating them and painting the ceiling. The walls were then finished din magnolia before the radiators were coated and skirting boards brought back to life.

Emma said: “It was great to see all of the young people working together and learning new skills. The users of the building really showed their appreciation at the handover event we held.”

Team member Joel said: “This was a really great experience and everyone enjoyed giving back to the community.”

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