As a niche provider for young people requiring specific behavioural and/or technical development, GASP delivers a vital learning and development experience to client groups. Our track record has demonstrated an ability to provide alternative learning to a wide range of young people and to open up new and life-changing possibilities for them. By building on communication skills, teamwork, resilience and self-esteem, we aim to re-engage young people with learning and ultimately establish a foundation for onward progression into education, training and employment. Of equal importance is the opening of a less academic route into gainful employment and wider career choices. Client organisations have also acknowledged that, for some individuals, GASP helps to change attitudes and facilitates a positive engagement with their community and future.
GASP Motor Project is an independent alternative learning provider that delivers accredited courses in basic motor mechanics and practical engineering skills, and contributes to students’ positive personal development. Whenever appropriate, we also help to facilitate students’ onward progression into education, training and employment.
The sessions are delivered in a modern, custom-built workshop at Albury, between Guildford and Dorking, which opened in 2012 and was built for us by the Northumberland Estates – or from the customised GASP mobile unit, which travels across Surrey.
Our Daytime, After School and Evening programmes are run by instructors experienced in engineering – all have enhanced DBS clearance. Each programme is restricted to between four and six young people, to ensure targeted learning.
The history of GASP
GASP was launched in 2005 as an evening activity for young people in and around the locality of Gomshall, Albury and Chilworth, Shere and Peaslake (hence the acronym GASP). The concept was conceived by Surrey Police, the Lychgate Youth Trust and Surrey Probation, who recognised the need for a diversionary activity for – amongst others – young people joyriding and torching stolen cars in the area. In 2009, GASP Motor Project registered as a charity, with an independent Board of Directors/Trustees.