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Project CompleteThe Bus to Work service was terminated one month early at the end of February 2011 following a decline in passenger numbers after the Christmas period. Passengers took the view that an excellent service and support had been provided and that they had been given adequate time to address independent transport solutions of their own – the ideal outcome for any pilot programme! The service exceeded initial forecast outputs, providing 66 unemployed people from Bolsover district with transport to jobs they wouldn't have been able to access.

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2011/12 Year End

The project has continued to perform well during 2011/12 with the majority of targets being exceeded.  Partnership working with 2 Shires Credit Union has continued as this helps beneficiaries to save and purchase their bikes at the end of the loan period. Furthermore, a new arrangement with Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire has resulted in Ways to Work being able to purchase reconditioned bikes for a fraction of the cost of what they would be new.  

Wheels to Work has enjoyed national interest over the past few months and Nicky Bassett-Powell, the National Wheels to Work Co-ordinator, has been lobbying the Department of Transport on behalf of all national schemes, trying to secure ongoing government funding for schemes as they strive to develop into less grant dependent projects. 

Rural Action Derbyshire has been successful in securing funding from Derbyshire County Council, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Bolsover District Council to enable Ways to Work to continue into 2012/13 and work is ongoing to secure its longer term future.

2011/12 Quarter 3

The moped loans continue to be popular and are now subsidised with Coalfields Regeneration Trust funding, which reduces the claim from WNF this quarter. There is an additional benefit to report this quarter for Bolsover residents aged 16-25 as Derbyshire County Council are funding a Wheels to Learn project. The partnership with 2 Shires Credit Union has resulted in one of the W2W client’s being able to secure a loan to buy their moped and it is hoped that more will follow in Quarter 4.

2011/12 Quarter 2

There have been two new partners during Quarter 2. Ingeus have made referrals for Bolsover residents and Two Shires Credit Union have offered saving schemes for purchasing vehicles.

£89,038 has been approved by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to operate a moped loan scheme, plus other transport options, across the former coalfields areas.  Thirteen wards in Bolsover district will be included within this new project, which runs from 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2013. Funding has also been given by Derbyshire County Council for a county wide Wheels to Learn project. This provides additional benefits for Bolsover residents as this project can help with travel costs to any kind of training or learning, including apprenticeships.

2011/12 Quarter 1

This quarter saw the start of the moped loan funded solely by WNF for the Ways to Work Bolsover project, as the Coalfields Regeneration Trust match funding came to an end on 31 March 2011.  The moped loans continue to be popular, with nine people taking delivery of a moped in order to get to work or training since 1 April 2011.  The other transport options continue to be popular too, with referrals still being regularly made from Jobcentre Plus in Shirebrook, Bolsover and Staveley (for Bolsover district residents), also from the Family Employment Initiative and the Raising Aspirations projects. 

Funding has been received for a new Wheels to Learn project that can provide travel assistance for 14-19 year olds across the county trying to access education or training, including apprenticeships, so will provide additional help to Bolsover clients, if eligible.

2010/11 Year End

The Ways to Work project has been extremely successful during 2010/11, storming the majority of output targets.  Many links have also been made with other Working Neighbourhoods Funded (WNF) projects and has acted as a catalyst for their success.  Transport continues to be a priority for the district and the Project Manager has been involved in the application that Derbyshire County Council has submitted to the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.  If this bid is successful, the Ways to Work project will be extended to cover Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire as well as remaining in Bolsover for the next four years which would be excellent news for the district.  Ways to Work supported by WNF continues into 2011/12 with increased funding to enable the moped loan element of the scheme (funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust until March 2011) to be continued.

2010/11 Quarter 3

Bolsover Partnership agreed to an extension to the project in Quarter 3 which will enable the moped loan element of the scheme (currently funded through the Coalfields Regeneration Trust) to be continued into 2011/12.  Additional funding to the ‘client travel’ budget has also been approved to meet the significant demand from beneficiaries for assistance.

2010/11 Quarter 2

The project continues to make excellent progress in the second quarter of this year, again far exceeding targets for the number of people accessing employment.  The Project Manager has been able to help enquirers with their transport problems in a variety of ways in order that they can get to work, training or education.  These solutions include moped loan, bicycles, bus vouchers and refunds, train season tickets, taxi fares, fuel costs, road tax, car/moped insurance, subsidised driving lesson vouchers and car repairs.  Feedback about the project has been brilliant, with both enquirers and referral agencies pleased with the diversity of the transport assistance that Ways to Work has been able to provide.

Bolsover Partnership has also agreed, in principle, to extend the Wheels to Work (moped loan) scheme for one year when Coalfields Regeneration Trust funding ceases in March 2011.

2010/11 Quarter 1

The project continues to make excellent progress in the first quarter of this year, far exceeding targets for the number of people accessing employment.  Good links have been made with other Working Neighbourhoods Funded projects that have been using this project to ensure their beneficiaries have access to transport.

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