£106,000 | Funding from 2020 to 2023

Wheels runs highly supervised practical courses in small groups of 6-8 students on a variety of vehicles including go-karts, mopeds, cars and light commercial vehicles.

Young students are drawn from areas of high deprivation and are experiencing multiple disadvantages, low levels of attainment and exhibiting poor attendance and behavioural challenges.

The courses are designed to initially improve engagement, behaviour and attendance and move on to focus on social and employment skills at subsequent levels.   There is a strong focus on driving safely and legally, enhancing students’ ability to access training and employment opportunities and to reduce their isolation and associated risks of exclusion.

The courses are also linked to community vehicle projects where students renovate a vehicle to donate to a charity of their choice.

Operating across the west of England, Wheels works in collaboration with colleges, schools, academies, pupil referral units, criminal justice agencies, youth services, local authorities and charities to achieve these aims.