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Common Wheel get Training

Common Wheel, a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness, is due to launch their brand new programme of training for young people in April 2012.

Work to redesign and refurbish their main workshop in Maryhill is underway and will allow the already efficient and productive workshop to run more bike building and maintenance courses, including their new Bike Club venture.

Young people will be referred to Common Wheel via the NHS ESTEEM service which operates across Glasgow to provide a dedicated service for people aged 16 + who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The team offers advice, support, treatment and various interventions.

While the workshop is getting a make over, staff and volunteers, including several long term clients who will act as peer mentors for the young people, have been working on achieving Weldtech bike maintenance accreditation. Funding from Bike Club supported long term clients achieve this qualification. The opportunity to gain a recognised bike maintenance qualification has created a real sense of achievement and has ignited a desire to work towards other training opportunities in the near future, serving an "additional purpose" and delight at "being asked to take part".

Using the training, the volunteers have identified the key training components which make up each accreditation level in the youth bike building and training programme and has also set a framework for future clients who may wish to seek accreditation. Common Wheel commented that "this will be particularly important for the under 25s as it will contribute to the sense of hope and confidence which is so needed for recovery from mental health illness."

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