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Vehicle for Change [V4C] ENGAGE EQUIP EMPOWER

Vehicle for Change [V4C]
ENGAGE             EQUIP               EMPOWER
Building bridges between young people, communities and local agencies


At West Kent YMCA we are committed to engaging, equipping and empowering young people right across West Kent.  
Vehicle for Change (V4C) started January 2010, funded by the Big Lottery Fund for a 4 year project reaching out to disadvantaged, at risk and 'hard to reach' young people.  
In 2012 we added Apprentice Youth Workers to the V4C team and project, increasing our reach, impact and positive outcomes with a larger team.  
In 2013 we started to deliver DofE Awards for young people in all our projects including V4C.

In late 2014 we relaunched the V4C project with a new team and new funding - from Big Lottery Reaching Communities, Henry Smith Charitable Fund and Garfield Weston.  

With young people, volunteers and young apprentices we are developing exciting plans with this further funding to enable this excellent project to continue to make a real and lasting difference in our community.  We carried out a project evaluation and impact assessmentdo contact us for a copy or if you would like to contribute your views or any other evidence; including the views of young people, stakeholders, partner agencies as well as parents, teachers and youth workers to our ongoing evaluation and monitoring. 

The Project Leader, Detached Youth Workers and Youth Work Apprentices with their specially equipped and accessible vehicle, deliver training, resources and support for young people aged 13 to 25 across West Kent.   We work in partnership with other West Kent YMCA projects, many local organisations, advisors and trainers who bring a wealth of skills and interests, and we can often act as a catalyst for change, emnpowering young people and other organiations large and small to provide: 

  • A welcoming, safe place for advice and information on services and issues affecting young people
  • A training “hub” to deliver training and provide a “taster” of some of the local opportunities available
  • A meeting place to bring hard to reach young people together with various support agencies
  • An opportunity for the voice of young people to be heard
  • Fun activities that may otherwise not be available which so far have included:

Skateboarding, carpentry, archery, camping, film-making, DJ workshops, graffiti art workshops, paintballing, golf, football, canoeing, barbeques, photography, assault courses and trips to music festivals and places of interest; gardening, music, sports [football coaching and tournaments] and fund-raising [events and bid writing by young people for young people] 

With this in mind if you think that the Vehicle for Change might help you build bridges between young people, communities and local agencies... let’s talk....!

                    Youth Inclusion and  Participation - a case history

Young people have been fully involved in designing, developing and delivering this project from the outset and continue to be involved - helping with recruitment of all project staff and setting up the mobile resource unit, deciding where the resource vehicle goes and what training or information we provide, going out on the vehicle with staff and other agencies, steering and promoting the project, and enabling the voice of young people across West Kent to be heard.

To find out more about Vehicle for Change V4C contact:

V4C, West Kent YMCA, c/o The Pagoda Centre, St. Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9TX
[for directions to the Pagoda Centre go to ]. 
Call Mark Watson on 01892 572 315 or 01892 542209 or Email


The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK.  The fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need