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Wheelbase - Nottingham

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Partner institution: Wheelbase

Website: http://www.wheelbase.org.uk/index.html 

Contributors (2014):

Yonatan Smith 


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Placement InformationAccomodationTransportSocial lifeThings to do, things not to doUseful ContactsBefore you go

Placement Information



Wheelbase is based in Sneinton in Nottingham. Wheelbase is an organisation that works with children aged between 14-19 years old. It is a project that allows young people a place to learn that may be exposed to domestic problems or those that just don't enjoy school. It allows them to have a place where they can stay out of trouble which is open between 9-3:30 every Monday to Thursday.     


There are two groups that are split up, one morning session and one afternoon session. In the morning, the first group are in the Classroom where they are learning English, Maths and basic ICT skills where they can get a OCR Level 1 in English and Maths.

The aim of Wheelbase is to limit the crime rate that the young people may cause and provide a good quality of education allowing them to leave Wheelbase with an apprenticeship and a future carer. The facility has a workshop where the young people are able to fix cars/motorbikes and get a IMI Level 1 in Vehicle Maintenance. They are taught about different topics i.e. Health and Safety, Braking Systems etc. They then are able to get an IMI Certificate and Diploma Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Technology.

All workers and volunteers there all speak English and are very easy to speak to.





As Wheelbase is very close to the city centre, there are a number of Hotels that are available to stay in. The hotel that I would suggest to stay in is Travelodge Nottingham Central Hotel. The address and phone number is:

New City House

Maid Marian Way



United Kingdom



0871 984 6280


The website to book the hotel is as follows: http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/290/Nottingham-Central-hotel

The hotel star rating is 3 stars and will cost approximately £40 a night.

There is a bus stop 5 Minutes away that goes straight to Wheelbase.





To get to Wheelbase there are a number of ways to get there:

By Car, there are many parking spaces around the placement and is about 5 minutes from the City Centre.

By Bus, there is a bus stop outside the Victoria Centre in which the Number 43 goes to Sneinton. From there, it's a 2 minute walk to Wheelbase. The bus route and times are on this website: https://www.nctx.co.uk/timetables-tickets-maps/buses-lines/bus/43

By Train, the train station is Nottingham. It is a 20 minute walk from the station.

By Taxi, there are many taxi companies within the Nottingham city centre. The number for Nottingham Cars is: 0115 9700 700   


Social life


In Nottingham, there are many things to do such as:

Clubbing - Forum, Oceana, Rock City etc

Restaurants - Harvester, Hooters (Only one in the UK), Chino Latino etc







Things to do, things not to do


Things that I think are very good in Nottinham includes:

Going to Nottingham Castle

Going to watch Nottingham Forest/Notts County

Trent Bridge

Alton Towers is about an hour drive in the car 


Things I don't enjoy which are available:

Ice Skating

Beauty saloons for Women



Useful Contacts




Barbara Compton - Curriculum Manager

Email Address - barbara.crampton@wheelbase.org.uk

Phone Number - 0115 959 6969 



Before you go

I think it's essential that you either call or e-mail Barbara to have a visit of Wheelbase to check it out. She is a very busy lady so it's advisable to speak to her beforehand. She is very easy to talk to and very relaxed.  I highly recommend this placement and would love to go back there to volunteer in the near future  



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