Mini-bus donations supports local social enterprise

Mini-bus donations supports local social enterprise image

Following our recent donation of a mini-bus formerly used to transport service users on Community Payback to a local school, Flanshaw Junior Infant & Nursery School in Wakefield we have now given a further two mini-buses to a local social enterprise supporting young people.

The two buses have been donated to Elite Training Systems Yorkshire (ETSY) which runs the UCAN Center in Carleton, Pontefract.

Billy Baker from ETSY said: “Thank you for your amazing and very kind donation to our children at Elite Training Systems Yorkshire and the UCAN Center of your old vehicles.

“This will provide our young learners with the opportunity to working on a ‘live vehicle’ – not just with motor vehicle skills and body work repair but also with refurnishing skills in the construction field and how to make something amazing out your kind donation.

“A massive thank you from me and Simon and all our team at ETSY and please thank everyone at West Yorkshire from us all.”

UCAN Centre offer schools and academies across the Wakefield district and beyond, a unique vocational offsite provision for young people 11-16 who may be, or are, in danger of disengaging at their home school. Also, newly developed this year it offers engaging enrichment programmes to help encourage our primary children to support them in developing their ability to make the right choice.

Located in Carleton, Pontefract, the UCAN Centre offers a unique learning experience with a wrapped around personal and social development programme. UCAN offers a wide range of vocational subjects, many with qualifications, some which count toward progress 8.

All UCAN staff and providers are fully qualified in their vocational area and have vast experience and a passion for working with and supporting young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, encouraging, empowering and educating them into making better, more informed choices.

West Yorkshire CRC community director Andrew Sinclair said: “We hope the donation of the mini-buses to ETSY and the UCAN means that the young people they work with will develop news skills which will help in the future employment prospects. West Yorkshire CRC is very keen to work will other local projects in our patch.”