Wheels 2 Work has today received a major boost in the South West, with the launch of Wheels 2 Work South West (W2WSW). This significantly builds upon the work of Devon Wheels 2 Work which has been providing transport support for those accessing work and education since it was first launched in 2001.
In a further development, W2WSW has become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and has applied to become a charity.
The Wheels 2 Work programme was originally established as an amalgamation of three existing programmes which was renamed to Devon Wheels 2 Work in 2006. Since its inception, W2W has supported in excess of 12,000 people into work and education. In summary, W2W offers beneficiaries freedom, independence and choice.
W2WSW plans to extend coverage from its Devon base into Somerset and Cornwall initially, providing subsidised two wheeled transport to a larger number of people.
Max Jowett, W2WSW CEO said: “We recognise that the need for our service goes beyond the Devon borders and in light of that are working to expand our delivery within the South West. Our aim is to build capacity across the region and improve opportunities for people who struggle to access essential transport for education, work and community engagement.”
Wheels 2 Work South West receives funding from Devon County Council and The National Lottery Community Fund (Social Enterprise Support Fund). Additionally, W2WSW is building relationships with Somerset and Cornwall councils.
In other developments aimed at building community participation in W2WSW, a new Youth Panel will be created, ensuring that Wheels 2 Work remains responsive to community needs.