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FAQ

  1. Q: Who is The Wheels Project for?
    A: Generally we cater for young people 14 – 24 years of age that are at high risk of becoming excluded from school or becoming unemployed or involved in criminal activity.
  2. Q: Are we eligible?
    A: If you are involved in a community group that supports young people who are from a socially deprived background or are low achievers, unemployed or truanting from compulsory education then yes you are.
  3. Q: Where do students come from?
    A: Many of our students are referred through our partnership organisations which include, Constabulary, Probation, Social Services the Prison Service, Schools, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Inclusion Programmes, Learning Partnership West, CYPS and many Third Sector organisations based in and around Bristol.
  4. Q: How do I refer someone?
    A: Contact The Wheels Project directly through our website contact page, telephone or email and we'll talk you through the process.
  5. Q: What do the students do at The Wheels Project?
    A: There are different courses designed to suit different ages and abilities. The work is mainly based around motor vehicle and road safety studies. Learners are required to get involved with practical work. Each programme contains common elements: Under the Bonnet, Behind the Wheel and In the Mind.
  6. Q: How long are the courses?
    A: This depends on the course but generally they run through the school terms and normally throughout the school day for 2.5 hours - one full day, per week for 6 weeks. Exceptions can be made with prior arrangement in some circumstances.
  7. Q: What courses do you offer?
    A: Our courses have been catergorised in to Bronze, Silver and Gold, these represent a progression in technical skills and commitment for karting, mopeds, pre-driver training and community vehicle. Our popular karting programme is great to engage students and give them the confidence to progress onto programmes requiring more technical skills and application. Our CBT for new moped riders and Pre-Driver Training Programme prepare our students with the skills and attitude for safe, legal driving.
  8. Q: What is the Community Vehicle Programme?
    A: Our Community Vehicle Programme gives students a chance to choose a community group to support through the renovation and gifting of a vehicle. This is a great programme to use towards the skills/community element of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. If you are a not for profit organisation then you can apply to us for a second-hand vehicle of your choice. Go to:
    www.wheelsproject.org.uk/getinvolved/doesyourgroupneedavehicle
  9. Q: Can people attending gain any recognised qualifications?
    A: Our pre-driver training for mopeds give learners all the tools to ready them to take their CBT; we also prepare learners to sit their Driver Theory Test, (The Wheels Project pays for the test for groups attending paid for courses), the test is carried out at a separate learning establishment. Our Community Vehicle programme can also be used toward the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
  10. Q: How much will I have to pay?
    A: As a registered charity The Wheels Project secures regular funding to support our courses and estimate that we can provide 80% of the costs per course, this leaves you to provide the remaining 20%. Other options are sometimes available and we would be happy to hear from anyone who wishes to discuss participating in a course but is uncertain about their ability to fund even 20% of the costs.
  11. Q: What might the course lead on to?
    A: Our courses are progressive and are aimed to engage, educate and raise aspirations. So learners can begin with a kick start bronze course and move up to a pre-driver training course. These courses should be regarded as add-ons to basic skills training in Maths and English delivered formally elsewhere. Over 75% of the learners that complete our Gold standard (Community Vehicle) courses have gone on to gain a college place and raise their employment prospects.
  12. Q: I run 2 groups, can they both attend together?
    A: Our groups are made up of a maximum of 8 students and only one group attends our project at any one time; if you have two groups of students that you are working with we recommend you asses their needs and make up each group to gain the best outcomes. You can have as many groups as you like in one week attending the project, subject to our capacity to deliver. Each group attends for a maximum of one day per week every term time.
  13. Q: When do the courses start?
    A: We have course intakes seven times a year, one at the start of every school term and one in the summer holidays. They run throughout the school day however sometimes we can offer courses early evening. We also run programmes during 3 weeks of the summer holidays in August.
  14. Q: How do I get /get my group to The Wheels Project?
    A: Ideally you should organize and provide transport to and from the project. Our experience shows that the students respond positively to this support and their attendance suffers if they have to make their own way to us (even if you provide them with a bus pass).
  15. Q: Do you have safeguarding policies in place?
    A: Yes we do. David Glossop is our safeguarding officer and we take this part of the project very seriously with regular training to update these policies.
  16. Q: What insurances do you have?
    A: As a charity we are rigorously checked in all areas and insurance is just one. The Wheels Project is insured for many parts of the project including, Employers & Public Liability, Director's & Officers, Engineering, Combined Ancillary and professional Negligence along with several more. Digital copies of these policies can be provided upon request.
  17. Q: What Health & Safety assurances can you give me?
    A: We take H&S very seriously, we are registered with Citation PLC an H&S specialist which inspects our policies, procedures and premises annually. Citation has approved our system and has rated us Outstanding in this area. All of the courses that we run begin with a session on H&S, all of the learners need to show understanding of this area before they can begin the work in the workshops. We provide staff to student ratios of 1:4 minimum to assist with our strict guidelines. Digital copies of our policies can be made available upon request.
  18. Q: What Risk Assessments do you have?
    A: Risk Assessments have been carried out for all Wheels Project activities. These RA's are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date. Digital copies of these policies can be made available upon request.
  19. Q: What quality marks do you have?
    A: The Wheels Project has previously held a PQASSO quality mark Level 2 from 2012 – 2015. The Wheels Project is a Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council Approved Alternative Learning Provider.
  20. Q: What is your theory of change model?
    A: We have drawn up a Theory of Change model which shows the order of programme deliveries which based on our evidence have been most effective in achieving key outcomes, such as, engagement, improved attendance, behaviours and progression in to further training or employment. The model is shown in our three year business plan, 2015 – 2018, and also in our audited accounts for year ending 31st March 2015.
  21. Q: How can I donate some money to The Wheels Project?
    A: If you are considering donating some money to The Wheels Project then please email us and let us know and we will contact you to discuss your intentions
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  22. Q: I have an old vehicle that I would like to donate to The Wheels Project.
    A: Contact our General Manager David Glossop and if he can't help we have a link on our website to 'Give a Car'.
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  23. Q: How do I get involved with The Wheels Project?
    A: As a charity we often work with volunteers either in our workshop or as one of our trustees. All volunteers are subject to a DBS check and roles will vary depending on the individual and their existing skills and training.
  24. Q: How can I become a trustee for The Wheels Project?
    A: If you are considering becoming a trustee then in the first instance contact David Glossop at TWP where he will organise a meeting to discuss what you do, what we do and to assess your needs and skill set that you would bring to the project. You will need to provide a CV and complete a DBS check which The Wheels Project will pay for. We will provide you with a copy of the Trustees job specification which illustrates the duties and level of commitment you will need to make. If both parties are happy to proceed from this stage then you will be invited to meet the other trustees at the next available board meeting where the trustees will decide whether or not to accept your application.
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  25. Q: When did The Wheels Project start?
    A: The Wheels project started in 1979 and is a registered charity and a limited company by Guarantee.
  26. Q: Does The Wheels Project really make a difference?
    A: YES! Over 90% of Key Workers from referring organisations reported significant improvement in behaviour, communication, problem solving, working with others and interest in learning. Increasingly referrers report that students are reaching higher levels of attainment at their schools or academies, leading to over 75% of students progressing to college over the last three years having completed a CVP.

    AND

    Our Community Vehicle Projects are beneficial in other ways, the learners who attend The Wheels Project are then involved in the handover of the vehicle to another charitable organization, previously these have included, RSPCA, Foodbank, BaNES Air Cadets, Farms For City Children and The Meriton Young Mothers Unit, Youth Moves and Community Service Volunteers. – These vehicles enable the other charities to reach people in the community making a real difference.

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Method

An integrated learning facility combining basic mechanical theory with the repair and maintenance of an indoor kart together with a basic input covering the legal requirements for vehicle use on the highways.

Teaching Aids

 

A modern, fully equipped motor vehicle workshop and classrooms.

Two karts will be provided by the Project for construction by the students.

Mock Theory Tests now available on line at www.driving-tests.co.uk

Other useful links:-

Safety Aids

Overalls, gloves, safety boots, goggles, all safety equipment as required by law – all provided by The Wheels Project.

Programme

1 x 2 ½ hour session a week for 6 weeks.

Week 1

Introduction:

  • Content and Structure
    Workshop Supervisors - 30 mins
  • Completion of Personnel Monitoring forms by students
    Workshop Supervisors/ Teacher or Youth Worker - 45 mins
  • Health & Safety
    Workshop Supervisors - 60 mins
  • Break
    15 mins

Weeks 2-5

  • Introduction to Life and Social Skills around Driving and the Law
    Training Officer - 45 mins
  • Kart Preparation & Assembly
    Completion of End of Course Forms by students and Teacher or Youth Worker  (last week only)
    Workshop Supervisors/ Teacher or Youth Worker - 75 mins
  • Tidy up
    Workshop Supervisors - 15 mins
  • Break
    15 mins

Week 6

  • Indoor Karting at TeamSport - Arrive and Drive Event during normal session times.

Notes

KARTING EVENT

  • The karting event will take place during the final session of the course at TeamSport, Third Way, Avonmouth, Bristol (Tel: 08444 109 109).  This will normally be an exclusive event for your group.
  • All learners who complete the course may (see the next three points) be eligible to participate in a karting event at TeamSport.  To comply with TeamSport’s rules and regulations learners must be aged 14 on the day in order to take part in the race laps. Those who are under 14 will be able, instead, to take part in timed lap sessions.
  • Wheels' Supervisors have the discretion to bar a learner from attending the karting session, on the grounds of safety, if that learner's behaviour throughout the course has caused sufficient concern.  The learner will be informed of this decision during the final session at Wheels prior to karting.
  • A learner will be excluded from the karting session if he/she has been absent for more than two sessions.
  • A learner will not be able to attend the karting event if he/she has not returned the signed parent/guardian consent form (given out during the first session at Wheels) by the week before karting at the latest.
  • At least one member of staff from the referral organisation must be present at the karting session and he/she must be sufficiently familiar with the learners to manage effectively any incidents that may occur during the event.
  • One member of staff accompanying a group will be able to take part in the karting, provided there are at least two members of staff present representing that organisation.

GENERAL CONDUCT OF LEARNERS

  • No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed and anyone suspected of being under the influence will be excluded for that session.
  • Students who repeatedly break the rules agreed in week 1 will be warned by our Supervisors, their referring supervisor notified and may be excluded from the group permanently if that behaviour continues.
  • Violent behaviour will result in immediate removal from the course.
  • Students will be warned against bullying behaviour and will be removed from the course if this behaviour persists.

TRANSPORT

Transport of students is not provided by the The Wheels Project.

Qualifications

In-house certificate of completion.

Groups

  • Groups will be pre-formed by the referring organisation.
  • Group size is restricted to 8 students.
  • Wheels does not have more than one group at its centre at any one time.
  • New Learners can start up to week 2.
  • A Risk Assessment on pupils must be completed by Key Workers before start of course – those with history of violent behaviour are excluded from Wheels programmes.

Criteria for Selection

Students’ behaviour should be causing concern to group leaders and exhibit at least three of the following factors:

  • Aged between 13 - 24
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Poor educational record
  • Truanting
  • Exclusion from school
  • Involvement in illegal drugs
  • Criminal record

Intake Dates

Groups attend The Wheels Project without the presence of others to reduce distractions and aid concentration.

Intakes for groups occur at the start of each academic term and also during the Summer holidays.

Have a look at our intake dates.

Venue

The Wheels Project Ltd
31-32 Bonville Road
Brislington
Bristol BS4 5QH

Tel: 0117 971 1711
Contact: David Glossop, General Manager
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Staff

  • 2 Workshop Supervisors from The Wheels Project
  • 1 Teacher/Youth Leader from referring group
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