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24th June 2002
Darren Haynes - Motoring to success

Darren Haynes - Motoring to success

Darren Haynes - Motoring to success
I've lived in St. Ann's all my life and, at 16, I was getting involved with the wrong people and getting involved in illegal activities.

By 17 I was a local "gang" leader and was involved in a lot of things I shouldn't have been.

When Brake Away started I was interested in what it was about.

I went down and particularly liked the go karting and I went frequently.

I formed my own karting team and we maintained and looked after our own kart.

There was a "points" system and young people could earn points for their team by doing voluntary work, for example, working on other karts.

The points were used as pounds to support my own team and improve our kart.

My team worked hard and we earned the most points of any team.

Brake Away Project
The Brake Away Motor Project
Eventually I started doing voluntary work with the project without requiring points. I was enjoying it. I learnt fast and the Project Mechanic was very pleased with me.

After a while, Steve, the manager of the project, managed to get me part time pay on casual labour because he said I had become "essential" to the project.

I was still volunteering my time as well so I was at the project all the time.

Steve put my name forward to the Whitbread Volunteer Action Awards and I was awarded a 'highly commended' by Mr Paul Boateng MP, Minister of State and Sir Michael Angus, Chairman, Whitbread PLC.

At a similar time I was awarded the Service Section, Silver Level and the Skills Section, Silver Level, Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Brake Away Motor Project
The Brake Away Motor Project
Steve managed to get me full time pay at the unqualified rate and I became the project's Assistant Project Mechanic.

I then got on the Youth Workers' Course and, after nine months and a lot of work, I was awarded my Youth Worker's qualification.

Not so long ago the Project Mechanic left and I was promoted to that position. Steve says I am really good for the project and the young people that attend it.

Darren Haynes
Project Mechanic

The Brake Away Motor Project - details
Run and funded by Nottingham City Council, Leisure and Community Services and the young people who are its clients, the project is a combination of training centre, leisure provision, ie: go karting, and youth work provider.

Our aim is the personal development of disadvantaged and disaffected young people, aged 13 to 19 who live in the Nottingham City area, by giving respect and encouraging young people to learn through enjoyment.

As well as go karting and associated exciting activities, we also provide training in basic motor car repair and maintenance, body and paintwork and welding. Youngsters are referred to us by many local groups and organisations, including schools, colleges and youth groups.

Steve Taylor
49 Hungerhill Road

0115 941 1211

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