I had the great honor of speaking to the three musketeers of construction, Ross, Stuart and Sean who are working as facility assistants for Beith Community Development Trust. I wanted to learn a bit about the guys and see how they have enjoyed their experience here. Ross aged 17 has been working here for a year, Stuart aged 20 has recently gained employment after all the hard work he did here volunteering for the Prince’s Trust and 15 year old Sean who just started his first day of volunteering today.
Ross, Stuart and Sean have been tasked with building a sheltered hut on the incline at the back of grounds for children to hide from the bad weather during the rain and to be enjoyed by all visitors of the Trust. The hut is coming along fantastically, the main structure is already built, been painted, and they have already started decorating the inside of the hut. I asked Stuart and Ross what they were getting out of this activity and if they had learned any new skills. Ross and Stuart agreed that one of the best aspects of their role was the fact that they get to work outside in the fresh air. Stuart told me “I never knew any of these skills before I started here” referring to the building and carpentry skills he has acquired while here, he told me that they will be great for his future career and will “help get a foot in the door of employment”. Ross agreed that he has learned a lot of useful skills and he gets a great sense of achievement from his works and loves to build things.
Ross and Stuart have met lots of new people from the local community since they started here and said it has been a very positive experience, they said that they feel more like a part a of the community since they started working here. It’s Sean’s first day and he’s still learning the ropes but he’s optimistic for the future and has already learned everyone’s name!
These guys are great addition to the Beith Trust team and brighten everyone’s day with their cheery demeanor and affinity to tea making!