Award-winning scheme which has helped Melton young people turn their lives around faces closure due to lack of funding

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An award-winning scheme which has helped many young Melton people turn their lives around is at risk of closing due to a lack of funding.

A whole range of community work projects in Melton have been completed thanks to teams of young people who were given a chance, by The Prince’s Trust, to improve their career prospects and widen their horizons.

Melton Country Park, Mar Lodge care home and a garden in Lake Terrace used by disabled people are just a few beneficiaries of Prince’s Trust programmes in recent years.

Last year a team of 13 young people from Melton, who’d been helped by The Prince’s Trust, were named runners up for a national Samsung Celebrate Success award in recognition of their efforts to turn a concrete area at Mar Lodge into a garden complete with vegetable and fruit patch, flower beds and seating area.

But now the life-changing scheme is facing closure in Leicestershire and Rutland in August unless fresh funding can be found.

A Prince’s Trust spokeswoman said: “Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service hasn’t received the funding it needs from local colleges to continue running The Prince’s Trust team programme. This is due to changes in Government funding allocations taking place across the whole UK.

“The Prince’s Trust is very concerned this vital provision could cease to be available for young people in Leicestershire. We’re now seeking other sources of funding from the public and private sector to ensure we can continue to help young people in the county get their lives on track.”

For more on the trust visit www.princes-trust.org.uk