The wheels have been set in motion to help people who have no access to transport to get to work or training.
Thanks to £1,512 from the locality budget of North Yorkshire County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, who represents Northallerton and is executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing, Hambleton Community Action’s Wheels 2 Work scheme is the proud owner of a new 125cc scooter.
Locality budgets allow the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.
Wheels 2 Work is a not-for profit moped loan scheme which helps people to get to work, apprenticeships, or training, where no other form of transport is available. Eligible candidates receive a moped after they have completed the compulsory basic training.
Wheels 2 Work is based in Northallerton and has been running since 2001. It has helped more than a thousand people to access employment and training opportunities which would not have been possible without their own transport.
Andy Reddick, Wheels 2 Work co-ordinator, said “The scheme continues to attract a lot of interest from potential candidates. Our aim is to help as many people as possible overcome the barriers that a lack of their own transport and no access to public transport creates.
“The purchase of this latest scooter, dedicated for use by residents of Northallerton, will enable us to help more people to overcome these barriers. We are hugely grateful for this funding and the support councillor Dickinson gives to our scheme and her recognition of the difference it can make to young people.”
Councillor Dickinson said: “Wheels 2 Work provides such a valuable service and I was delighted to recommend the money from my locality budget to allow them to buy a new motor scooter.’’
Wheels 2 Work leases out mopeds, provides insurance and all equipment to participants for a small weekly fee, enabling most participants to save up for their own transport while on the scheme. To apply to the scheme or for further information, contact: Andy Reddick on 01609 780458, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website and apply on line at www.hambletoncommunityaction.org.