28 August 2014

Thursday 28 August

On Wednesday 20 August Councillor Imogen Walker, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council (Policy), visited the Right Track Project in Stockwell to meet young people and staff from the Build-it programme.

Young people from the Lambeth community took part in an 11-week project to regenerate the local go-karting track while also having the opportunity to learn skills and access training through the Build-it programme.

The Oasis Go-kart Track began in the early 1980s as part of local charity, Oasis Children’s Venture. As well as being given the opportunity to race on the track, local young people can access a wide variety of other activities such as individual mentoring services, AQA courses in Volunteering and Kart Maintenance, and a range of life skills workshops.

Build-it’s refurbishment work took place across two phases, including repainting and repairing the office, the flooring and outside disability access ramp. There have also been improvements to the track including fixing pot holes and bringing a new layout to the track as a whole.

Cllr Imogen Walker was very impressed with the work that has taken place at Oasis through Build-it and commented:

“Build-it is a great programme that has produced real results in giving young people in the borough the skills, attitude and experience to succeed in the jobs market.

“This type of support is vital in making sure every young person in Lambeth has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Jean-Pierre Moore, Right Track Manager, has been delighted with the work that has taken place and hopes it will attract more young people from the local area. He said:

It’s been amazing really. I cannot highlight enough how important this Build-it project has been for the track.

“The young people who use the project every day and put all their efforts into maintaining the karts and providing support to the other young service users really deserve a project that has been invested in as much as they do every day and the changes over the last few weeks will really help us bring in new customers and generate more money which we can then re-invest in the young people who come to the club.”

Build-it is a multi-partner programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by London Youth in partnership with Cospa. The programme uses opportunities in construction to work with young people, some of whom may have previously been the most disengaged from education and the labour market.

James Alexander, Head of Build-it, said:

“The team at the Right Track Project does great work with young people from the local area and we’re really happy that we’ve been able to support another vital local community organisation, one of 15 different projects we’ve been involved in since we launched Build-it back in March 2013.

“Since the programme launched last year over 34% of the young people who have come through the full programme have gone into employment or further training and we hope that the young people involved in this project will use the experience they’ve gained to take that next step, whether that’s going into work or back into education.”

Build-it has been working alongside contractor, Mears, who have supported the programme from the very beginning and donated over £35,000 of in-kind support including staff time, training and materials. Their investment has been crucial to bringing the go-kart up to date and ensuring that it continues to be a place where young people from the local community choose to go and will have a positive experience.

David Jervis, Mears Asset Manager Lambeth said:

"We're delighted to extend our support of  Build-it and the renovation of the Right Track Project and community spacewhich is  such a valuable and safe place for local young people.

“Mears is committed to supporting the local communities where we work. ​Creating a legacy is what Mears’ cores values are founded upon; this gives us a real sense of pride and achievement and maintains a solid community presence within the Lambeth area.