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Handover of Minibus to BANES Carers Centre

During Term 6 a group of young people from BANES attended The Wheels Project and undertook a combined Kick Start Karts/Community Vehicle Programme.  This mixed group of girls and boys was organised by Tracey Pike of BANES' Youth Service and they worked with our Supervisors, Jerry and Adrian who described them as fantastic to work with.  After disassembling and reassembling go karts they prepared a minibus with disabled access for the BANES Carers Centre including the following jobs:

  • new clutch
  • rear main oil seal
  • replacement of gearbox mounting
  • full main service
  • replacement of 2 x rear lights.

The disabled access lift had then been serviced and certificated by a specialist.

As blogged previously, the young people had received a talk from Steve Newman of BANES Carers Centre who told them all about the Centre and the difference having a minibus would make to them.

The vehicle was completed during their last session at Wheels on 8 July and  delivered to the Carers Centre the next day  by our Supervisors, Jerry and Richard.

The young people enjoyed a karting session at TeamSport in Avonmouth on 15 July.

Tracey Pike stated, 'Young people are referred to The Wheels Project for a variety of reasons - to help build confidence and self-esteem, gain a qualification, gain knowledge and skills, make new friends and have fun.  This course is a great way for young people to grow and develop and we will continue to work with The Wheels Project in the future'.

Cllr Dine Romero (Libi-Dem, Southdown), Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth endorsed Tracey's comments.

This course had been part funded by a grant from The Medlock Trust, a Bath based charity.

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