New mopeds available for help to get to work

From left to right are three of the area partnership chairs, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, Councillor Clive World and Fleur Butler with scheme user Oliver Baker Haste and Wheels 2 Work co-ordinator, Andy Reddick.

Richmondshire residents needing help to get to work are to benefit from five new mopeds partly funded by the district council.

Each of the authority’s area partnership areas now has a bike dedicated for its use through the Wheels 2 Work scheme.

Set up in 2000, the scheme, which is run by charity Hambleton Community Action, helps unemployed and physically isolated people gain access to jobs, training or education, and in the rural locations of Richmondshire transport can be an obstacle in finding employment.

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So far, more than 1000 people have benefitted from the scheme and it is hoped the five new mopeds will help another 30 over the next three years.

Richmondshire District Council has awarded the scheme £3,856 to buy the five mopeds from its area partnership fund.

Many young people find they have to move away from our more isolated areas because they cannot get to jobs, rural transport is an issue and they cannot always rely on family members to help them,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

But Wheels 2 Work can change their lives by providing them with affordable transport. We want to encourage young people to stay living within our community and to support local businesses and this scheme helps us do that.

“Already the scheme is helping, and has helped; hundreds of Richmondshire residents and these new mopeds are set to help even more.”