Next intake date

April 9, 2018
Community Vehicle Programmes usually take place once a week over three academic terms and are designed to follow on directly from our Kick Start Karts and Kick Start+ Servicing programmes.

Community Vehicle Programme

Course outcomes

The Community Vehicle Programme is designed as a progression from our Introduction to SERVICING programme. It is usually combined with other of our programmes such as the BSKC  and Pre CBT programme for new moped riders.

The course is run over 1 day a week over at least 2 x 6 week terms

It sets out to help our students to identify and select a community group in need of a vehicle with the aim of  The Wheels Project acquiring a suitable vehicle to prepare with them up to MOT standard before it is gifted at the end of the programme. Along the way they will undertake training in First Aid at Work, Road Safety Awareness, a visit to their chosen Charity and the option of a visit to the Mini factory or the Haynes Motor museum in Somerset.

This programme was first introduced in 2001 and evidence from 500 students who have undertaken it has shown that:-

  • 95% of students’ have expressed a significant rise in their self-esteem
  • 90% have expressed a sense of achievement and connection with their community
  • 90% have shown improved school attendance.
  • 85% have engaged with their communities through  their preparation of 54 vehicles which have been donated to a diverse range of community groups such as Food Banks, Furniture Banks, Farms For City Children, WESC school for the partially sighted, Skate parks, Children’s Playgroups and sports development Projects
  • 85% have re engaged with education either by returning to Full time schooling or leaving to join a full time FE course


  • Transport of learners to The Wheels Project is not provided.
  • The practice riding session is held on private land during week 6.
  • A learner's participation in the skills riding event is at the discretion of the Wheels' Supervisors - any learner whose behaviour is considered to be too risky on the grounds of safety, or who has missed any sessions, will not qualify to take part.
  • All skills riding events are run by qualified, experienced Wheels' staff and under strict supervision.

Community Vehicle Programmes usually take place once a week over three academic terms and are designed to follow on directly from our Kick Start Karts and Kick Start+ Servicing programmes (each of 1 term duration).

It is our recommendation that students complete at least the Kick Start Karts programme whilst in Year 10 with the Kick Start+ Servicing and Community Vehicle Programmes following on in Year 11, starting in term 1 and finishing at the end of term 4 so as not to compromise exam timetables.

Have a look at our intake dates in Kick Start Karts & Kick Start+ Servicing

They consist of one 2.5 hour session plus a driving activity during the last session of each term (up to five in all) which will include go-kart racing at TeamSport, Avonmouth and driving skills in the Project’s vehicle on private ground.

All learners on the Community Vehicle programme compete for The Wheels’ Karting Cup held over 5 rounds.

Each group will be helped to identify, purchase and prepare a suitable vehicle that will be gifted to an appropriate community organisation (local, national or international).

This course is nationally accredited and students can work towards modules in the OCR’s National Skills Profile in Motor Vehicle Studies (Entry 3 level).

Students may complete the following modules:

  • Carry out a basic investigation of the motor vehicle industry.
  • Help to identify and purchase a suitable vehicle with assistance from Supervisors.
  • Recognise the importance of safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Find out about the structure of motor vehicles.
  • Use tools and equipment correctly.
  • Carry out basic repair and maintenance tasks.
  • Establish a list of modifications required to suit the conditions where the vehicle is to be used.
  • The course will be accredited by the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) National Skills Profile in Motor Vehicle Studies.
  • Our Training Officer and Officers from the Emergency Services will co lead discussions lasting approximately 40 minutes during part of this course including the following topics:    Driving and the Law, Risks and Consequences, Values and Attitudes, Victim Awareness
  • Students will compete for The Wheels’ Karting Cup awarded for attendance, safe driving and results from each Karting event.



Week 1

  • Aims & Objectives

Weeks 2 – 5

  • Review OCR modules and awards.
  • Initial Assessment of Vehicle Repair/
  • Maintenance/Conversion
  • Introduction to welding/fabrication and engine components ID and function.
Wheels’ Classroom:

Week 1

  • Identify potential beneficiary community group and their needs.

Weeks 2 – 5

  • Introduction (profiles and roles).
  • Initial Assessment & Planning the renovation
  • Vehicle Documentation.
  • Presentation by potential recipient organisations.
  • Identify sources/Identify vehicle/Buying vehicle.
  • Set up links with twin schools/local communities (done in school)


Week 6

  • Karting at TeamSport.


  • Repair/Maintenance/Conversion Costing
Wheels’ Classroom:
  • Week 1 – Review of Last Term
  • OCR evidencing
  • Planning
  • Recording worksheets
  • Recording cost of preparation
  • Basic First Aid/Manual Lifting
  • Karting


  • Servicing/Maintenance/Conversion
  • MOT Preparation
Wheels’ Classroom:
  • Week 1 – Review of Last Term
  • Visit to vehicle museum
  • Presentation to community group (visit is optional)
  • OCR evidencing
  • Personal review
  • Evaluation of Programme
  • Karting
  • Presentation of Karting Cup

  • OCR’s  National Skills Profile in Motor Vehicle Studies
  • In-house Completion Certificate

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

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

Attendance on this programme is dependent on learners’ succesful completion of our Kick Start Karts and Kick Start Plus Servicing courses.

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

  • Aged between 15 and 16 (Year 11) – or older
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Poor educational record
  • Truanting
  • Exclusion from school
  • Unemployment
  • Involvement in illegal drugs
  • Criminal record


  • Transport of students is not provided by the Project.


  • The karting event will take place during the last session of each term, exclusively for your group.  It is held at TeamSport, Third Way, Avonmouth (tel:  0845 109 109).
  • All students who complete the course may (see the three bullet points below) be eligible to participate in the karting event.  To comply with TeamSport’s rules and regulations students must be aged 14 on the day in order to take part in the race laps.  Thos who are under 14 will be able, instead, to take part in timed lap sessions.
  • A student will be excluded from the karting session if he/she has been absent for more than two sessions during the term.
  • Wheels’ Supervisors have the discretion to bar a student from attending the karting session, on the grounds of safety, if that student’s behaviour throughout the course has caused sufficient concern.  The student will be informed of this decision during the last session at Wheels prior to karting.
  • A student 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 students 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.


  • 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.

  • Bookings can only be taken for groups of students, ie individual referrals cannot be accommodated.
  • Students may be from different schools but will be from the same cluster group of schools.
  • Students will be at least 15 years old.
  • A maximum of 8 students per course.

  • Kinderdorf Bottrop Technical School in the Gambia (St George Community College) – 2002
  • Farms for City Children (The Meriton) – 2002
  • Lords Mead Vocational College in Uganda (St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School) – 2003
  • St John Ambulance in Clevedon (Rathbone Training) – 2003
  • Farms for City Children (The Meriton) – 2003
  • Wick Court, South Gloucestershire (St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School) – 2004
  • Farms for City Children (The Meriton) – 2004
  • Bournville Day & Community Centre, Weston-super-Mare (Rathbone Training) – 2004
  • Avon and Somerset Cliff & Rescue Team (Weston Education Partnership) – 2005
  • The Meriton (The Meriton) – 2005
  • Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary, The Congo (Brislington Enterprise College) – 2005
  • The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe, Cornwall (Brislington Enterprise College) – 2006
  • Goblin Combe Environmental Centre, North Somerset (Weston Education Partnership) – 2006
  • Spitalfields City Farm, London (The Meriton) – 2007
  • re:works (re:grow), Bristol (The Meriton) – 2009
  • The Meriton (The Meriton) – 2010
  • RSPCA, Stapeley Grange (South Glos W2L) – 2010
  • Grounds4change
  • Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary
  • Banwell Equestrian Centre

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