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Project information

Special Educational Needs Training

Working with a local school, Hednesford Valley High, to offer training and work experience to young adults with special educational needs. This will be a range of specific courses offering an internationally recognised qualification at the end of it along with work experience and social exposure.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Cycle-r

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  • Need


    Cycle-R operate in an area that is recognised as having high levels of deprivation. The percentage of working age people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Cannock North and Cannock South, is significantly above the England Rate Cycle-R have been in operation for 12 months and have noticed an increase in the need for these training facilities (as evidenced by the increase in requests for volunteering and training opportunities, from 9 per month to over 200 to date.


    Cycle-R are looking to move from a simple low level generic training delivery to being able to offer training, qualifications and work experience to a broader range of those in need including:
    Those with a social exclusion, especially children
    Long term unemployed
    Those with learning difficulties, especially children
    Specifically, at this time, Hednesford Valley High has asked us to train and develop 8 of their students and offer ad-hoc training to a further 45

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The formal training of 8 young adults with special educational needs


    » A tailored and specific training programme within the workshop leading to a Cytech 1 theory qualification
    » Offering social interaction and work experience within a commercial workshop

    What success will look like

    At the end of the formal course the delivery of recognised qualifications

    Aim 2

    The informal, on-site training of students at Hednesford Valley High School


    » Organising once weekly visits to the school to put on demonstrations and ad-hoc training sessions.

    What success will look like

    Organising regular visits and gaining positive feedback from students and faculty

    Aim 3

    The advanced training of a volunteer at Cycle-R


    » Offering both in house and classroom based course (Cytech 2) to a long term unemployed, disabled volunteer
    » Offering this volunteer a permanent position within the organisation

    What success will look like

    The completion of a Cytech 2 training course through ATG, Stafford

  • Impact


    Long term changes will include:
    Work placements or employment to the students with SEN's
    The encouragement for cycling as a sport and method of fitness for the local school children
    The advanced training of a volunteer and the offering of a full time, permanent position for a long term, unemployed disabled person
    In the longer term the advancement of Cycle-R as a training centre for Cannock Chase offering more training and volunteer positions


    The main risks are financial, if the funds for the project cannot be raised, then it will simply not happen.`This will mean that over 50 people won't receive training or be offered the opportunity for future employment.


    Report will be on a monthly basis with email and/or telephone updates. Donors are welcome to come into the shop at any time to view the progress of students and staff

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,150

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Cytech 2 Training Cytech 2 training at ATG in Stafford for 2 mechanics
      £1,500 Cytech 1 Training Cytech 1 training for 10 people with special educational needs, theory only, held on site
      £500 Training Materials Training materials for the in house training and the training at the schools
      £650 Volunteer Expenses Expenses for the volunteers and trainees for a year
      £3,500 Remuneration 3 months wages for Volunteer after training and being offered a full time role

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Brian Sunley Trust £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Cycle-R operate in an area that is recognised as having high levels of deprivation. (See Cannock Chase Locality Evidence 2015 - The percentage of working age people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Cannock North and Cannock South, is significantly above the England Rate) However, Cannock Chase is also recognised as one of the best cycling areas in the country with great opportunities for work in this area.


    The project is aimed at long term unemployed and young adults with special educational needs. Cannock is recognised as being a low income area with over 25% of families requiring some form of benefit support to make ends meet, there is also a larger than average proportion of multi-generational unemployed families in the area, this project, in a small way, aims to break these poverty cycles.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cycle-R have been offering similar training for over 12 months now and this project is an expansion and formalisation of this. There is no-one in the area who offers a similar project or who has a focus on the advancement of cycling.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Lawrence

    Trustee, will handle the overall operational aspects of the project

    Dylan Varty

    Chief mechanic and Volunteer, will be responsible for the development and delivery of the training courses

    Catherine Deakin

    Employee, Chief Administrator, responsible for the day to day running and administration of the project

    Sylwia Razcynska

    Volunteer/Apprentice - responsible for the financial management of the project.