The Earl of Wessex Meets Young Trainees at a Local Bike Project Supported by Walton Charity

Andrea Watson, Head of Community Programs, Walton Charity, was delighted to attend a special event held at the Guildford Bike Project (run by the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership) when they welcomed the Earl of Wessex.  The Earl toured the Bike Project’s premises, meeting staff, trustees and the young people who attend the project for free cycle mechanic  training.  Prince Edward was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux.

Walton Charity has provided a three year Community Grant, totalling £45,000, to part fund the extension of the Guildford Bike Project into Walton to meet the learning and skills needs of disadvantaged young and adult unemployed people in the area.  The project creates a comfortable environment where students learn cycle mechanics.   At the heart of what Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership do is deliver a hands-on vocational qualification in a high quality professional work environment.  This is very appealing to learners who have been turned off by the ‘classroom’ approach. 

The Bike project collects donated, unwanted bikes from the public and other organisations and provides free skills, credited training and work experience for local job seekers and young people to refurbish them.  The good quality second hand bikes are then sold to the local community at affordable prices, with the income helping to sustain the project.   The project are always grateful for donations of unwanted bikes.

For more information on Surrey Lifelong Learning Project please visit their website www.surreyllp.org.uk