Have you seen a job or training course but can't get there? Are transport difficulties stopping you from getting to work or education? Just started a new job but can't afford the travel? We may be able to help.
Wheels to Work Derbyshire
Rural Action Derbyshire has been hosting Wheels to Work Derbyshire, since April 2004. The project is aimed at those people living in rural Derbyshire who wish to access work and training placements, but who are prevented from doing so because of transport difficulties. Wheels to Work have been awarded Big Lottery Funding for 5 years from 2012. As well as covering all local authority areas in Derbyshire we also help out in Derby City. There are two main ways Wheels to Work can help residents of Derbyshire - depending on the individual's location and travel difficulties.
Moped Loan Scheme
Some of the most isolated people who benefit from the wheels to work scheme do not have a bus route near their house. In some cases the only option to get to work is by their own wheels. The project offers a 6 month moped loan to eligible clients, hopefully giving them time to save up for their own transport solution at the end of the loan period. The client is provided with motorcycle training, protective clothing, and a heavy duty lock for the moped. The moped is insured by Wheels to Work Derbyshire, is covered for breakdowns, and is also serviced and maintained by the project. The client needs to pay between £20-£35 (depending on power of the moped) per week in loan payments whilst on the scheme, plus buy the fuel of course.
Bicycle to Work
Sometimes it's easier and greener to travel by bike. Some clients are not too far from their workplace, or it's just a little way to the train station. These clients greatly benefit from our partnership with Bike Back Derby - part of the Life Cycle project - through which we are able to offer free or subsidised second-hand bicycles. We can also occasionally offer partial reimbursement towards a client buying a new bicycle. Those preferring a bicycle to get to work or training are able to buy a new push bike or alternatively a power assisted bike for which they can pay the project back over a 6 month period. In this case the power assisted bicycle is the client’s to keep once the payments are made in full.
Both of these schemes are funded by Derbyshire County Council and The Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Programme.
Public Transport Expenses
Unfortunately we are no longer able to fund public transport costs due to funding changes. However, we can still offer advice or put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to help.
If you feel like you can benefit from either a moped or bicycle, or if you are an organisation that would like to fund the continuation of our project - please contact us on one of the numbers below.
Sandie Abberley (Wheels to Work Manager): 01629 592975
Natalie O'Connell / Laura Mitchell (Project Officers): 01629 592976
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