Children In Need funds ten scooters for innovative Cumbrian Wheels 2 Work programme

Wheels 2 Work Poster - CINTen more scooters have been added to the Cumbrian Wheels 2 Work programme run by Inspira, the county’s leading personal development and career management organisation. The ten Honda Vision 50 mopeds, funded by a Children in Need grant, are to help young people and adults who experience problems accessing education, training and employment due to transport limitations.

The scheme has a proven to be a lifeline for many young people. Henry Spence, from Caldbeck accessed the programme in last summer. “It was invaluable to me. The scheme helped me enormously, without it I wouldn’t have been able to get my job. I was also able to save up enough money to pay for driving lessons and then buy a car.” Stephen Wharton of Ian Wharton Ltd, Henry’s employer agrees, “The programme is simple yet effective. It gave Henry the opportunity to take up a full time position with us.” The 10 new scooters means Inspira now has a total of 27 mopeds across the county. 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.

The scooters were bought from Lloyd Honda Motorcycles at Kingstown, Carlisle, whose Dealer Principal, Anthony Connelly, is delighted to have been able to work with the programme locally: “People don’t always consider mopeds and scooters when they are thinking about their motoring needs, but they really are hard to beat in terms of affordability and economy so they make perfect sense for an initiative like Wheels 2 Work.”

“With their local delivery service as well as highly-experienced technicians for aftersales care, we are confident that we will get the best support and assistance from Lloyd,” says Nicky Jackson, area manager for Inspira. 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, talk to us in the Advice Services centre, Lowther Street, Carlisle or call 0800 435 709.

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