Gosport and Havant based youth charity, Oarsome Chance, was looking to purchase a minivan to transport youngsters as part of their vocational training programme which includes boat building, carpentry, canvas skills and bike maintenance as well as maritime activities such as sea rowing.
The charity looks to support young people aged from nine to 19who have become disengaged from mainstream education and are at risk of exclusion. After receiving funding from The Clothworkers’ Foundation as well as The Bernard Sunley Foundation the charity was able to purchase the eco-friendly Nissan e-NV200 vehicle.
John Gillard, principal for Oarsome Chance, said: ‘We are passionate about offering the best support we can to the young people we work with and a part of this is ensuring we can safely transport students and equipment between our centres.
‘We are also passionate about doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and we are really putting our money where our mouth is by committing to electric powered transport - it sets a great example to our students.’
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The children and youngsters are referred to Oarsome Chance by schools and local authorities who feel the students may benefit from more vocational learning.
After unveiling the new van to the excited youngsters, the Mayor for Gosport, Councillor Zoe Huggins, said: ‘I was more than happy to accept Oarsome Chance’s invitation to launch their new electric vehicle. Oarsome Chance are doing some amazing work for our local young people and this has been a wonderful way to launch our partnership.
‘I’m looking forward to working with Oarsome Chance over the coming months.’