The Program

Grease Monkeys is aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 24 at risk of exclusion from school or not employed, in training or education but this is not set in stone.

As we will be working on mainly cars and other vehicles it would be an idea for anyone coming on the program to have these interest but this is not essential. Cars we have worked on so far are:- Mini auto grass racer, Nissan Micra, Nissan Sunny, Rover 25 Gti and a Honda Prelude 2.2vtec.

We try to keep a motor sports theme with at least one of the cars we have in at any time e.g. mini auto grass racer, Honda track day car.

A typical evening....

would consist of a brief introduction to what work we will be doing that evening and any health and safety issues involved. Next we put our overalls and boots on (supplied by us) and set about the mechanical tasks for that evening, such as working on brakes, engine, suspension, tyre changing, bodywork and plenty of other things.

Then about half way through we stop for a drink and biscuit and have a chat about different life skills such as budgeting, team work and other helpful subjects. This is done in a way that is fun and enjoyable mainly by team members giving examples of mistakes they have made and how they should have done things differently. After that it's back to the workshop to continue the work on the cars until about 10 minutes from the end when we tidy up and admire our handy work.
As a reward for good attendance, towards the end of the 12 week program we will take the group for a day out, such as carting or a motor sports event.
Grease Monkeys is part of Hope Initiatives Registered charity number: 1145029