Wheelie Good For Easingwold Teenagers
6:47am 22nd August 2014
The moped loan scheme, ‘Wheels 2 Work’ (W2W), provides mainly young people with transport to access employment opportunities, apprenticeships and other work related training. Mopeds are loaned for a nominal six month period to people with no access to public or private transport.
The scheme has been operating in Hambleton since 2001 and so far has helped more than 1000 young people - almost 90% of them leave with a job, apprenticeship or other training place and a means of getting there.
The group has been awarded £10,000 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Core Grants’ scheme which is investing in groups which work to deliver valuable services to improve the health and well-being of people living in the district.
Kevin Holt, Development Officer for W2W: “Half the grant will go towards paying for the servicing and maintenance of the fleet of mopeds."
“And the other £5,000 will go towards paying for a co-ordinator for the scheme to help mentor the young people on basic topics such as opening a bank account, obtaining a provisional driving licence, encouraging them to save for a vehicle of their own, simple moped maintenance and signposting them to other support services that help young people make the transition to independence.”
Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, spokesperson for Customer and Leisure Services, added:
“With statutory organisations facing increasing financial pressure and a number of public services under threat the Council welcomes the opportunity to support schemes that undoubtedly bring huge benefit those who rely on them for support."
“Sometimes it is hard to get started in life without a little help especially for those living where there is no suitable transport or on a low income. It is great that the council can give grants which help young people find a job locally and hopefully once they are in a job then they will stay in the area contributing to the growth of the local economy rather than moving away to find work.”
For more information about the scheme contact Keith McDonnell on 01609 761682 or email@example.com
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