JCAD is pleased to support GASP, an alternative education provider supporting young people through the provision of motor mechanics and engineering. They are currently working hard building a Greenpower car to race against other schools at Goodwood and Dunsfold.
JCAD has recently purchased a laser cutter for the charity. The young people who attend GASP would not get the opportunity to use this type of equipment ordinarily. It will have multiple uses including printing JCAD logo stickers for their car!
Dave Thomas, JCAD’s Implementation & Support Manager volunteers on a weekly basis for GASP. He runs their Monday evening youth club and teaches AQA syllabus on mechanics and engineering.
JCAD’s Operations Manager, Tim Crawford said: ‘JCAD is pleased to be able to support GASP and their fantastic work supporting young people while teaching them valuable new skills. Dave has been involved with GASP for almost a year now. We are proud to have such hardworking and compassionate people working for us. We look forward to attending Goodwood to watch their car race!’
GASP was initially set up by local residents and the Police in 2005, following a spate of car-jacking and fires. The local community wanted to offer bored and disengaged young people a diversionary activity which they could engage with and thrive. Starting as a youth club just one night a week, we now work with over 350 young people a year. We deliver over 19 teaching sessions a week, and two evening youth clubs.
Our work during the day focusses on disengaged and disadvantaged young people who are very much on the periphery of mainstream education. Many either are, or facing, permanent exclusion. Children are referred to GASP from local schools, pupil referral units, the local authority, Youth Justice Team and third sector partners.
If you’d like to know more, please visit: GASP Motor Project