12th Jan 2022

A young person working on a motorcycle

A grant from the Hokey Cokey Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, has helped support a Hebburn charity’s vital work with at risk young people. 

The Wheels Project provide AQA accredited training in car and motorcycle maintenance and hair and beauty to young people aged 8-25 in South Tyneside who are socially and educationally disadvantaged, and significantly in danger of becoming involved in crimes. 

The grant purchased tools for the maintenance workshop and mannequin heads and products for their Hair & Beauty training. They are used as part of the accredited courses ran by the Wheels Project and allow the young people to gain valuable, hands-on experience in those areas. For some, these courses have led directly into further training and employment opportunities.  

Elaine Holdsworth, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation said: 

“The Wheels Project have used their £1,000 grant very effectively to support their current provision of activities for young people at risk. This is crucially important at a time where the number of disaffected and marginalised young people in South Tyneside is highly likely to increase as a result of worsening levels of poverty, lack of employment opportunities and the impact of lockdown on families that are already struggling”.

Alan Rice, Director at the Wheel’s Project added: 

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Hokey Cokey Fund for the grant we received. Due to the grant we were able to renew some of our tools and equipment to enable the children to progress further. We use a lot of equipment which needs constantly upgrading due to usage. The help from the Hokey Cokey Fund helps us immensely”. 

For more information about funding opportunities at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply 

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