Wheels to Work Derbyshire is recruiting for two posts for its new sister project starting in North Durham.
Wheels to Work North Durham
The project will be available to those living in Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Mid-Durham areas of County Durham, and who have a job or training place they are unable to access because of transport difficulties.
W2W North Durham provides travel planning and moped loans to those who are eligible to join the scheme. Clients of the scheme will need a provisional licence, and proof of a job offer or training place as part of the application process.
The project also benefits the individual by:
- Providing a route to improved earnings and financial independence
- Enables them to access other services
- Gets them onto the transport ladder so that at the end of the project they can hopefully afford their own transport (referrals to a Credit Union can be arranged for safe, low cost loans)
- Increases independence/self esteem
- Improves their job opportunities and skill levels
- Teaches them road safety
Need for the project
Access to transport for people in many communities is a key factor in social and financial exclusion, and the problem is exacerbated by the following: rural bus services are in decline; many of the new jobs being created are in business parks or industrial estates and often involve shift patterns that do not correlate to the existing public transport offer.
National evidence that sets out the importance of transport in rural communities includes; The Commission for Rural Communities State of the Countryside 2010 report which identified three main causes of rural isolation as; lack of income and employment, lack of access to transport and other services, lack of contact with, and help from, relatives, friends, neighbours etc.
The Big Lottery Fund Report – Impact on Reducing Rural Isolation (April 2011) looks at the effect of transport policy on rural isolation and concludes that “transport is now the top priority in most rural communities.” The report highlights the increasing numbers of people in rural communities without their own transport, the continuing
Two part time posts, one Project Officer and one Project Assistant are being advertised.
For more information on the posts and applications packs, please go to our RAD Vacancies page here.