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Lord Mayor Presents Awards at The Wheels Project

On Monday 16 July the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main, presented Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards and The Wheels Project's Community Vehicle (CV) Programme Completion Certificates to pupils from the Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe.  The students had worked on rebuilding a minibus at The Wheels Project as part of the DofE Skills Section of the Bronze Awards.  They had also completed the expedition element on Exmoor accompanied by their tutor, Darran Miah.

The Lord Mayor was welcomed by David, our General Manager, toured the facilities and saw the minibus that had been serviced, repaired and passed its MOT.  This minibus is being gift aided to the Bridge Learning Campus so that other students can use it in future DofE Awards expeditions.

Other guests who attended this special celebration included Stephen Livings of The West of England Business Council, Dawn Bis - DofE Co-ordinator, Bristol Authority, Kate Barnett - Manager of The Student Support Centre and Diana Thal-Jentzen of the Rotary Club.  The students, who mostly came from socially deprived parts of Bristol, benefited from our CV programme as it taught them to work as a team, increased their self-confidence and helped them develop basic car maintenance and repair skills.

Darran Miah who organises the DofE programme for the Bridge Learning Campus said, "The Wheels Project allows young people, who have been disengaged from mainstream education, to develop important life skills and learn self-discipline.  Not only have they all received their DofE Bronze Awards but they have also gained an OCR Entry 3 in Motor Vehicle Studies."

David stated that ,"This ceremony and others like it would not be possible if it wasn't for funding from the Big Lottery (Reaching Communities), The West of England Business Council and the Quartet Foundation.  Despite the tough economic times, we are really grateful for their continuing support.  These young students prove that such initiatives are hugely worthwhile both to the students and also to the communities in which they live."

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