Wheels to Work 10th Anniversary
This August marks the 10th anniversary of the Wheels to Work Hampshire scheme.
The scheme is for people aged 16 – 25 in the New Forest and Test Valley and 16+ in Winchester and East Hampshire who have difficulty accessing public transport, to enable them to access employment opportunities or vocational training.
A moped can be loaned for 3 to 12 months depending on circumstances.
The anniversary will be marked by a week-long series of social media events culminating in a get together of current hirers for tea and cake.
Over the ten years, the scheme has hired mopeds to 380 people.
Of those who were job seeking, 80% were able to secure work because they had reliable tranport.
Community First New Forest provides this service thanks to generous funding from Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council, Winchester City Council and New Forest District Council.
The scheme enables young people to be independent, earn an income or complete their training and has a significant impact on their lives.
Sue Ward, New Forest Co-ordinator said “It’s been heart-warming seeing people grow in confidence and actually change their lives.”
In the words of a grateful hirer,
“Best way to get around! I was working in a location that it was hard to get to via public transport and I heard about Wheels to Work through a friend. They told me how easy the process was, and it really was. I only needed a provisional driving licence, guarantor and an £80 deposit. I was amazed at the fact I could rent a moped for just £20 a week which included my CBT test, service, insurance, tax and breakdown cover. Picking up the bike was really exciting as I had never been on the road before. It gives people a real sense of freedom which is great. I would highly recommend this scheme.”
For more information about the scheme and how to apply Tel. 01425 482773 or visit www.cfnf.org.uk/wheels-to-work.