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23 August 2018

A new transport/employment initiative is now operating in the Fishburn and surrounding area helping people to access employment where transport is a barrier – please see below information about the scheme. Residents of Fishburn are eligible to appply. Leaflets have already been delivered around the Fishburn area.

Wheels to Work is a moped-loan scheme which aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.

The project has been funded by a number of Area Action Partnerships in partnership with Durham County Council, in response to a growing need to help local people get to work or college.  The idea behind the scheme is to provide a loan of a moped for 6 months to help people to establish themselves in work and/or training.

Mopeds of either 50cc or 125cc are available to people aged 16+ as long as they have a provisional or full driving licence.  The cost is £25 per week for a 50cc and £30 per week for a 125cc moped,

Riders are provided with brand new protective clothing (helmet, armoured jacket, gloves, waterproof over-trousers and high visibility vest) and a heavy-duty lock, and are also covered for bike insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, as well as regular servicing of the moped. There may be a chance to buy the moped from the scheme at the end of the loan period.

Ace Motorcycles in Pity Me, Durham provides the motorcycle training (also included as part of the scheme) which involves a full day’s Compulsory Basic Training, followed by a 2 hour CBT plus session on a separate day, when clients are provided with additional road time and are issued with their clothing and bike.

This scheme aims to make people more employable by helping them to be mobile and independent.

Tel: 0191 303 8442

Mobile 07460 068668 or 07472 668884.

Email: info@w2wcd.org.uk or gina.davies@w2wcd.org.uk

Or message them through Facebook

Please visit the website: www.wheels2workcountydurham.org.uk

Gina Davies

Project Manager

Wheels to Work is supported by grants from the North East Combined Authority (NECA), Durham County Council, a number of County Durham Area Action Partnerships, the County Durham Community Foundation and the Virgin Money Foundation.

Wheels 2 Work County Durham is a CIO registered with the Charity Commission, Number 1160215, Registered Office Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 2DW.

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