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The Wheels project received £5,000 to support their work with at risk young people in the Bristol area

The Wheels Project works with underachieving and socially excluded young people, giving them the chance to learn how to repair and maintain motor vehicles. As well as giving young people the chance to learn new skills, the charity benefits the community by restoring and donating vehicles to groups such as Community Transport, youth clubs and foodbanks.

Based in Brislington, Bristol, the charity works with disadvantaged young people who may be low achievers, truanting or unemployed. As well as teaching practical mechanical skills, the charity aims to improve engagement and social and employment skills.

The Wheels Project provides an inspiring educational environment in which disadvantaged young people can thrive. Over the years they have produced an excellent track record, with over 75% of graduates returning to school, gaining college places and raising their prospects for employment.

Students kick off their training with the Karts course, though which they can develop basic mechanical skills, as well as attend sessions which promote personal development.

Those who successfully complete their courses are offered  the chance to progress to more advanced  programmes, often displaying even greater levels of engagement with education and personal development. Last year, one student reported how his relationship with his father had improved after being able to discuss mechanical experiences of repairing cars and bikes.

In 2016, the Foundation donated £5,000 to fully fund a Karts course for a group of at-risk young people.

These students were  struggling at school with behaviours and attendance. The school had no funds to pay for any Alternative Learning Provision. As a result of monies received from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Wheels Project was able to support 8 students onto our Karts training programme. A consequence of which has lead to 6 of them improving their attendance at school and progressing onto further, higher level courses at Wheels where they’ll be restoring a van to gift to a local organisation aiming to regenerate the Bearpit in Broadmead, Bristol.

 

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