Handover of Vauxhall Combi Van to Youth Moves

Monday 28 April saw the handover of our BEC students' 'community vehicle', a Vauxhall Combi van, to Alistair Dale of Youth Moves.

Ben Carpenter, Youth & Community Worker at Youth Moves issued the following statement:

'Youth Moves is massively thankful to The Wheels Project and the BEC students for working on and providing the van and also Direct Line for their continued support.  In the current economic climate a youth work organisation such as ourselves would not be able to afford such a valuable resource to support youth work across South Bristol without additional assistance from Wheels and Direct Line.   We will use the van to buy or source free materials, deliver them on site (community events or at our allotment plot) and be able to move session resources to the other different venues where we work. The resources are for social action projects such as building a secret garden at a local primary school, providing forest school sessions across our community and our ‘Pick of the Bunch’ flower growing/selling enterprise at Springfield allotments.

Environmental lead for Youth Moves, Ben Carpenter says, 'These successful projects and many more would soon not be able to grow or continue to flourish as my Fiesta and Paul's car are on the verge of blowing up and subsequently this would negatively impact on the quality and diversity of environmental related sessions we could deliver for all ages of our local communities. This van will also be utilised for moving around equipment that supports a wide variety of other Youth Moves activities such as music, sports and community events.'

The students from BEC, Chantelle, Harry, Callum and Tyler came into Wheels for the handover and can be seen in the photo along with Andy Holliday (Learning Mentor at BEC), P C Keith Hobden who is based at BEC, ACC Louisa Rolfe of Avon and Somerset Constabulary who is Chair of our Trustees, Alistair of Youth Moves, Wheels' Deputy Manager, Richard Twentyman and Workshop Supervisor, Jerry White.

The van had been donated to The Wheels Project by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Community Vehicle course paid for through a grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Also at the presentation was Alan Andrews from John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway who presented The Wheels Project with a very welcome cheque for £750.



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