The Wheels Project

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.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1081236)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




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.