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Our activities are practical, hands on and the majority of our programme delivery is based in our motor vehicle workshops.

The young people with whom we work live mostly in the socially deprived areas of Bristol but we also accept referrals from groups based in surrounding areas such as the Unitary Authorities in BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The Wheels Project

Locations we operate in

Bristol - 0117 971 1711

31-32 Bonville Road, Bristol, BS4 5QH

Services we Provide


We work with groups and individuals who may be viewed as social excluded through involvement in crime, anti social behaviour, truanting from school etc.

We work with individuals to offer opportunities to learn motor based skills which can be used to increase motivation, enthusiasm and routine but also to give realistic useful opportunities for the future.

What we do

We offer a number of programes for people to be referred into including:

Kick Start

1 x 2.5 hour session per week for 6 weeks.

  • Social skills, driving and the law
  • Basic kart assembly
  • Health and Safety
  • Karting competition


First Car

4 x 2.5 hour sessions over 4 weeks

  • Knowledge of documentation required.
  • Knowledge of what to look for when buying a car.
  • The ability to carry out safety checks and basic maintenance on a four wheeled vehicle.
  • What to do in the event of a breakdown.
  • Greater awareness of road safety.


Kick Start + Servicing

1 x 2.5 session per week for 6 weeks

  • Basic car servicing skills
  • Safe working practices in the workshop.
  • Basic driving skills for four wheel vehicles.
  • Understand the legal requirements for putting a car on the road.


Kick Start Moped

1 x 2.5 hour session a week over 6 weeks + 1 day CBT

 Demonstrate their understanding of the highway code.

Carry out a pre ride check on a moped.

Carry out routine safety checks on a moped.

Successfully complete a knowledge

Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities when buying or selling a vehicle.

Carry out routine maintenance and repairs

Pre Driver Prep

1 x 2.5 hour session per week over 12 weeks

basic car maintenance, the Highway Code, hazard awareness and driving skills.

Community vehicle

A follow on program from kick start + servicing.

Where we do it

All courses take place at our workshop in Brislington:

31-32 Bonville Road,




How to access

Intake dates for programs are run throughout the year in line with academic schools terms. Groups can be referred and individuals may be accepted to join other groups.

In take dates for 2013 - 2014 are:

In 2013-14 the standard intake dates will be:-
Term Week commencing Duration (weeks) at Wheels
1 16 September 6
2 4 November 6
3 6 January 6
4 24 February 6
5 22 April 5
6 2 June 7
Summer 5 Aug 3

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