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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Case Study: Wheels 2 Work in Nottinghamshire

Here’s another great case study about how the MCI’s new Wheels 2 Work initiative is making a real difference to people’s lives through the provision of scooters.

Motorcycle News: Wheels to Work provides a scooter for Thomas in Nottinghamshire
Thomas is 16 and lives with his family in Langar. After finishing school in summer 2008, Thomas was looking forward to starting college at Brackenhurst Agricultural College near Southwell. He had had a keen interest in horticulture for many years and his ambition was to work in this field.

Brackenhurst is impossible to get to from Langar for the times he needed to be there, and even if he got to Southwell, the college is a good two miles from the town! Thomas decided to contact Wheels to Work Nottinghamshire after it was mentioned to him by one of the Admissions Officers at Brackenhurst.

He applied to the scheme, met Liam from the Wheels to Work Project, and was accepted onto the scheme. W2W arranged for Thomas to complete his Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course, and the day after his moped was delivered to him, a week before his college course started. This gave him time to build up his confidence, and to do a dummy run to college so that he knew the route and how long it would take him.

Thomas in now settled at college, enjoying his course and is able to get there and home again on time! He has also secured a part-time job and is saving for a moped of his own, so he can continue to get to college after his time on W2W comes to an end.

The work that the Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire is doing with it’s Wheels 2 Work scheme if critical to people like Thomas continuing their education and finding employment. This is a perfect example of how the scheme is really making a difference, and it’s good to know that the motorcycle industry is making such a positive input to the economy in such challenging times.

If you’re struggling to maintain your futher education or gain employment due to a lack of transport options then the Wheels 2 Work scheme might be able to help. For more details, check out http://www.mcia.co.uk/Campaigns/Wheels-to-Work.aspx