An organisation which provides people with affordable transport has been recognised for its role in helping young people – at an awards ceremony attended by one of the biggest names in rock.
East Sussex Wheels 2 Work received a certificate for the role it has played in supporting Heathfield Works, a programme run by Eastbourne-based charity Tomorrow’s People and the Heathfield Partnership Trust, which helps young people find work through education and training.
The accolade was given at a ceremony at which Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who and local ambassador for the project, presented graduation certificates to young people who had completed the scheme.
Wheels 2 Work, which is supported by East Sussex County Council, provides scooters and motorcycles to enable people with little or no access to public transport to commute to work, education or training.
Since the launch of East Sussex Wheels 2 Work in September 2013, the scheme has gone from strength to strength and now has 80 bikes on the road, with demand outstripping the availability of bikes to loan.
The county council has successfully bid for and secured an additional £205,000 from the Department for Transport, Local Sustainable Transport Fund, to expand the scheme during 2015/16.