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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Cash grant boosts Wheels 2 Work scheme

A scheme helping to get young people and adults to work, school or college has been given a boost.

Lloyd Honda Anthony Connelly photo
Anthony Connelly

The Wheels 2 Work programme has had 10 more scooters added to its fleet thanks to a grant from Children in Need.

The new Honda Vision 50 mopeds are to help young people and adults who struggle to access education, training or work opportunities due to transport limitations.

Henry Spence, from Caldbeck, is among those who had a moped last summer as part of the ongoing scheme.

He said: “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.”

Henry’s employer, Stephen Wharton, of Ian Wharton Ltd, added: “The programme is simple yet effective. It gave Henry the opportunity to take up a full-time position with us.”

Wheels 2 Work is a scheme run by Penrith-based Inspira, the county’s leading independent personal development and career guidance organisation.

The 10 new scooters mean Inspira now has a total of 27 mopeds across the county.

The Honda moped model was chosen because it can go 177 miles from one tank of fuel.

The scooters were bought from Lloyd Honda Motorcycles at Kingstown, Carlisle.

Dealer principal Anthony Connelly said: “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.”

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

Anyone who thinks they could benefit from the Wheels 2 Work scheme can contact 0800 435 709.

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