The Suffolk Wheels 2 Work scheme has expanded to Sudbury in a bid to improve people’s employment prospects.
The six-month project offers initial training, safety equipment and a 10-week loan of a Honda Vision moped free of charge for those who are unemployed or have been offered a job placement and are registered with Sudbury Job Centre Plus.
With funding from the Department for Work and Pensions, the scheme – run by Community Action Suffolk – aims to tackle transport barriers, including irregular shift patterns and unreliable rural public transport.
Kevin Davies, who is employed by the SVC Agency in Nayland, is currently benefitting from the scheme.
“When I attended the Sudbury jobs fair in October, I was informed that, on the successful acceptance of a firm job offer, I would be eligible for a scooter loan from Suffolk Wheels 2 Work,” he said.
“The scooter is helping to change my life and allowing me to open more doors in my working life, and socially.”
The scheme is open to anyone aged 16 or over, who can prove they have a need for transport to get to work, training or college.