Funders & Partners

The Wheels Project Limited is a registered Charity (no. 1081236) based in Bristol and since 1979 has been delivering education programmes in motor vehicle studies to disadvantaged and disaffected teenagers who live in Avon. Since then we have developed, adapted and changed a range of services to suit the changing needs of these young people and their communities. We work primarily with young people who are failing in mainstream education, show low aspirations, low motivation and challenging behaviours.

Financial year 2014 - 2015

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Bronze Programmes

Restricted Funding
  • The Hobson Chariy
  • The Portishead Nautical Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Denman Charitable Trust
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Silver Programmes

Restricted Funding
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Denman Charitable Trust
  • Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust
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Gold Programmes

Restricted Funding
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • Nisbet Trust
  • New sponsors needed
General Funding
  • The Speilman Charitable Trust
  • John James Bristol Foundation
  • John Lewis Cribbs Causeway
  • Stone Family Foundation
  • The Albert Hunt Trust
  • The Burden Trust
  • The Binks Trust
  • The Freemasons' Grand Charity via the Bristol Masonic Charities
In Kind Funding
  • Avon & Somerset Constabulary
  • Bristol Water
Partners
  • Local Education Authorities (Senior Schools and Short Stay Units)
  • Academies
  • Pupil Referral Units
  • Children & Young Peoples Services (Youth Service)
  • Voluntary Groups (various)
  • Youth Offending Teams

Background 

The Wheels Project Limited is a registered Charity (no. 1081236) based in Bristol and since 1979 has been delivering education programmes in motor vehicle studies to disadvantaged and disaffected teenagers who live in Avon. Since then we have developed, adapted and changed a range of services to suit the changing needs of these young people and their communities. We work primarily with young people who are failing in mainstream education, show low aspirations, low motivation and challenging behaviours.

The Wheels Project seeks to unlock the potential of these young people by creating opportunities for them to channel their energy and build their confidence to promote their social inclusion for the public’s benefit.

We have a small dedicated and highly skilled team of Staff and Trustees who are committed to making a difference to the lives of these young people through the delivery of practical programmes which meet their needs and that of their communities. Young people are at the heart of our work and what we do.

We work in collaboration with a wide range of organisations with which we share common values and goals in equality, diversity and inclusivity

We aim to

Engage with and motivate disaffected and at risk young people to help them feel they have the capacity to achieve their potential.

Educate young people in vehicle use, repair and maintenance to enable them to make a positive contribution during and complete educational courses, leading to positive outcomes.

Encourage a behaviour change in young people,building upon their increased sense of achievement and self-esteem so that they reduce previous risky behaviour and contribute positively to society.

Outcomes

Over the past 15 years we have worked with about 120 students each year. They have achieved or exceeded the following each year:-

  • 85% attendance and completion rates
  • 89% demonstrated significantly improved behaviour and attendance back at school or their Pupil Referral Unit
  • 49% enrolled onto a college course within 6 months of completing our courses
  • 59% of our students progress to pass their Compulsory Basic Training or Theory and Hazard Awareness test
  • 75% of our students could complete servicing skills with minimal supervision by the time they left our Community Vehicle Programme
  • 40 students a year renovate and gift 5 vehicles to local community groups each year

Quality Assurance

The Wheels Project is an Approved Alternative Learning Provider following annual inspections from Bristol City Council and South Gloucester Unitary Authority

The Wheels Project maintains and reviews a wide range of Policies including:-

  • Anti Bullying and Harassment
  • Code of Conduct
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Data Protection
  • Disciplinary
  • E safety
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Health & Safety
  • Investment
  • IT safety and contracts
  • Privacy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safeguarding
  • Supporting Children in Care
  • Whistleblowers and Public Interest

Citation approved Health & Safety Management systems

Governance

The Board of Trustees meet at least quarterly and have since its inception the Deputy Chief Constable as Chair

Chair: Deputy Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Secretary: Senior Partner of a local practice of Solicitors
Treasurer: Finance Officer of Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Director: Specialism in Marketing
Director: Businessman and Trustee of Business in the Community

Finance

The Wheels Project is independently audited once a year and a copy of our annual report and accounts are submitted to the Charity Commission by August for year ending 31st March.

LINK TO LATEST COPY OF AUDITED ACCOUNTS AND ANNUAL REPORT HERE

We are extremely grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have supported our work through grants, donations or goods and services in kind. Without this generous support, we would be unable to continue inspiring and motivating young people through our activities.