Project information

The Community Vehicle Project (CVP)

The CVP connects young people with their community through practical charitable work. Small groups of disadvantaged students renovate a vehicle for a charity they choose. They gain qualifications and experience an adult working environment. 70% will progress to either a job or college place.

January 2014 - May 2014

Charity information: The Wheels Project

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  • Need


    Our students are disengaged with school and learning and lack a sense of purpose and direction. Nearly half live in households where neither parent is employed and many live with single parents. The majority are living in poverty around 15% are likely to be teenage mothers, many are involved in gangs and offending, taking drugs and driving dangerously. Half admit to having been arrested and 12% are joining courses in prison or after release. Our project helps the overcome these problems.


    8 students attend presentations from 2-3 charities that need a renovated vehicle. They select the charity then acquire and plan the renovation. Students develop their mechanical skills whilst gaining Motor Vehicle qualifications. Driving activities are arranged at the end of each term as a reward for good behaviour. Students learn team work and communication skills, road safety and learn about their wider community responsibilities, all of which promotes maturity and a positive outlook.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to improve numeracy and literacy through embedded learning on the courses


    » The renovation requires many mechanical calculations and measurements and reading of manuals and intructions. We help students to solve these.

    What success will look like

    Through observation and recording of completed tasks by staff through and student feedback and from feedback from the referring school or other body on the students performance

    Aim 2

    We aim to increase self-esteem and confidence though incremental achievements and enjoyment


    » 2 supervisors work with 8 students, set achievable tasks and problems at the right pace for each learner and this promotes success and achievement

    What success will look like

    By students' self-evaluation at the end of each of the 3-course units, staff eveluation and referrers' keyworkers against initial assessments.

    Aim 3

    To improve opportunities for progression to further education or employment


    » During the course, we invite employers and college staff to meet the students and learn about their aspirations and newly acquired skills

    What success will look like

    By feedback from the students or their keyworkers or directly from the college of employer they have got a placement with. We actively seek this information for all students

  • Impact


    Improving opportunities. 70% of students are getting jobs or college places and behaving more responsibly. We have developed good relationships with a wide range of referring bodies including schools, academies and youth offending teams who are always keen to tell us about the future progress of our "alumni". We are members of the Bristol Alternative Education Forum and are developing more systematic ways of tracking the progression of young people who are using services form many providers.


    Secure funding. We plan to run 5-6 CVPs in 2014 and will apply to the Big Lottery Fund and Henry Smith Charity for repeat funding for at least 4.
    Failing to recruit students. We have over 20 referrers keen to place students on the CVP. We also run 2 preparatory courses and this helps ensure their motivation and attendance.
    Unacceptable behaviour. We have clear guidelines for students and staff are trained in managing challenging behaviour - as well as in Child Protection


    We produce case histories and performance reviews showing outcomes and achievements. These are publicised in our annual report which is published on our website and also sent in letters and reports to major donors. We encourage donors to visit the project and see students at work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 Premises Rent, insurances and utilities
      £1,500 Activities Workshop parts and driving activities
      £9,555 Staff Apportioned salaries, travel and training
      £1,845 Administration Admin, fundraising, marketing & evaluation
  • Background


    The project is based at our premises in south Bristol. These comprise 7,800 sq ft of professionally equipped motor vehicle repair facilities, classrooms and offices.

    Students are referred from the West of England sub-region made up of Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset


    Students who have difficulties with learning, significant behavioural problems, poor attention spans and who struggle to engage with the curriculum and learning environment at school. All students will come from families with a combination of unemployment, under achievement, low skills base and high divorce/separation rates.
    95% live in the most deprived areas of Bristol and surrounding counties ie the lowest third across England and even 10% on recent deprivation indices.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Students are highly involved in an attractive range of activities. They are supervised in small groups at least 2 staff providing the attention they seek and need and they teach in a style that matches students’ preferred learning style.
    We build positive experiences between students and the community through working with their chosen charity partner, improving relationships at their school, greater awareness of employment and training needs and a better understanding of their responsibilities

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Glossop

    General Manager responsible for promoting the project and recruiting students. Linemanagement of administrator and 2 workshop supervisors.

    Jerry White

    Workshop Supervisor; liaising with charities, acquiring vehicle, managing and running the project and supervising students

    Jerry Farrance

    Workshop Supervisro, co-supervising student work and recording data for accredited qualifications in motor vehicle studies

    Linda Summers

    Administrator responsible for recording all student data including evaluation and feedback from referrers. Bookkeeping and general admininstration

Learning the basics

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