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Project information

Motorvators Shed

Motovators is currently fundraising to build a motorised trike with vulnerable adults recovering from various mental health illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar and depression. The purpose of the project is a unique way of individuals to work together to build a motorised trike as a team.

March 2015 - October 2015

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  • Need


    Motovators Shed currently works with vulnerable adults recovering from various mental health illnesses. Some of the side effects from both the mental health illness and the medication result in cognitive, sensory and motor development on individuals. Based in a rural area in Fife there is very few opportunities for men to get in a shed with tools and build or restore mechanical engines, as much as 68% of men have done this kind of work or as a hobby before they had a diagnosis.


    In the past, motorvators restored an engine for a VW beetle and the same principle will be applied to a motorised trike. Collaboratively working on a project as a team enables individuals to work together to reach a specific goal in building the trike, whilst increasing their own confidence, problem solving, reasoning, planning, skills and a general senses of pride and fulfilment. The project is also a unique way of working to increase cognitive, sensory, esteem, fine motor processing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build/restore a motorised trike
    Each individual will be able to ride the trike


    » Run 4 workshops per week for those with an enduring mental health illness with 2 members of staff

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in the operation of the trike and a diary of the contribution of each member in the team, which can range from welding, spraying and general mechanics.

  • Impact


    The project will provide an opportunity for those recovering from a mental health illness to feel valued, whilst increasing their own confidence, problem solving, reasoning, planning, skills and a general senses of pride and fulfilment measured using the rickter scale. A measurement of success will be in the reduction of medication and improvement of cognitive, sensory and fine motor development and processing by 30% for individuals accessing the project


    The biggest risk is that of Health and Safety, Motovators Shed has always been high risk working environment. There will be individual risk assessments carried out and the ratio of staff to clients will be 2 staff supported by 2 volunteers for 5 clients. The other risk is that if we have staff sickness, workshops would need to be cancelled for that period.


    Reporting will be on both in both qualitative and quantitative which will include case studies of individuals participating in the project along with an invite to an open day at the project and the ride out day

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Workshops Salaries
      £5,700 Harware Purchase Trike, tools and parts
      £4,000 Shed Rent of shed/Heat/Light
  • Background


    Cupar is a rural area of Fife, which has two mental health hospitals nearby, transport in the North East of Fife is difficult and the opportunities for people who are institutionalised are often in areas that are densly populated unlike Cupar, which has a population of 33,000 including outlying areas. One of the great benefits of the Motorvators Shed is that it is located in the heart of the community which generates enthusiasm from the public and promotes mental health awareness.


    15 individuals will benefit from the project, all referred from Occupation Health at our local Hospitals, most of which will be progressing to living independently in the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our project has 20 years experience working with this client group, the Motorvators shed has already been successful in restoring a VW beetle engine and has achieved two business diversity awards and winners of the mental welfare commissions “principals into practice” 2013, motorvators is regarded as an innovative project that is both stimulating and rewarding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Camer Durie - Staff - Lead Metal Helth Worker

    He is lead project co-ordinator, who lead the previous restoration of VW Beetle engine. Carries out rickter evaluations

    John Kirk - Staff - Engineer And Support Worker

    Hands on in all aspects of the mechanics and works with clients

    Ronnie Birks - Volunteer - Welder

    Ronnie is a local welder, who is also a nurse and volunteers within the Motorvators shed

    Indrick Aduson - Volunteer

    This is a volunteer who has experience in spraying and mechanics to work with clients