Children In Need funds more scooters for innovative Kendal Wheels 2 Work programme

Wheels 2 Work Poster - CINInspira, a leading personal development and career management organisation, with a base at Kendal College, has added three more scooters to their innovative Wheel2Work programme, bringing the total number to five.

The Honda Vision 50 mopeds have been funded through a Children in Need grant.

Wheels2Work helps young people (16+) who have difficulties getting to school/college or their place of work due to public transport limitations in rural areas, by loaning them a scooter for six months.

The scheme has a proven to be a lifeline for many young people. Asher Hamilton, from Kendal is considering the programme as a way to find employment outside of Kendal. “I think the scheme could help me enormously. I am currently doing Business Admin at Kendal College and will be looking for at job opportunities very soon. The scooter would help me look for jobs outside of Kendal so broadening my opportunities. During the loan period i imagine I will be able to save up enough money to buy a car.”

Pete Armitage of Inspira, the local adviser for Wheels2Work agrees, “The programme is simple yet effective. It would give Asher the opportunity to look at different jobs to help her develop the career she is looking for.”

The Children in Need funding enabled Inspira to add 10 new scooters to the programme bringing the total number of mopeds across the county to 27.

The Honda Vision 50 was chosen as they provide up to 146.9 mpg, giving a range of over 177 miles from one tank of fuel. To be eligible for the scheme people need to have a provisional drivers licence. They are assessed by Inspira to make sure they meet the criteria of the scheme. Then, if they pass the assessment, they need to complete a one day compulsory basic training and pass the test.

The mopeds are expected to have three year lifespan, and the organisation is in talks with local borough councils as well as local community funds.

If you think you could benefit from the scheme, contact us on Facebook Advice Services South Lakes, call by our reception desk at Kendal College  or call 0800 435 709.

Source: The Westmorland Gazette

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