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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Education

students on car maintenance course students on car maintenance course

Eden Housing Association engineers training

During 2013 the Community Development Team at Eden Housing Association held a varied training and development programme, with an itinerary specially designed to include wide ranging interests for tenants and residents in Eden. Courses ranged from how to grow vegetables and ‘Heart Start’ to the most recent course on car maintenance.

The various training opportunities were organised by Jenny Arragon Community Development Officer at Eden Housing Association who has worked with tenants to come up with ideas and with local suppliers to run the activities. The basic car maintenance workshop was suggested earlier this year by a tenant and Jenny worked with Ian Hardy, Engineering Tutor at the Applied Learning Centre - Ullswater Community College, to facilitate the first two sessions.

These focused on keeping your car safe and saving money by showing attendees how to change wheels and carry out vehicle checks  which included checking oil, water, antifreeze, screen wash, wipers, lights and tyre pressure.  

This new training session was attended by older people with and without cars as well as a group of young students from Kirkby Stephen who are studying engineering at school. Tutor Ian Hardy quickly gained the attention of his students - especially when he discussed his own route to engineering, from photocopiers to a decade with the Le Mans race team.

Jenny said “Ian was an excellent tutor and helped shape the content of the session. Being empowered to check your car properly is important and it can also save money too, reducing the need to rely on the garage. I learned a few easy to manage tips and the youngsters really got to grips with the wheel changes. One of the highlights for me was to watch the students trying to emulate an F1 tyre change – stop watches and a wheel change in under a minute was very impressive.”

Ian Hardy found the group eager to learn, so concluded the workshop session with how to change a light bulb. Summing up he said “The students were all really engaged, keen to learn and asked some great questions. It was very rewarding to work with them – especially as they are just about to buy their first cars and are all keen to look after them properly.”

When asked which was the best part of the course the group of five Kirkby Stephen engineering students unanimously agreed “all of it!”


Jenny Arragon is currently working on ideas for the 2014 programme – anyone wishing to get involved, either as a training provider or tenants and residents with ideas for courses should contact Jenny Arragon at Eden Housing Association on  01768 861400

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