The funding, from the BAA Communities Trust, will go towards the successful Scooter and Cycle Transport Solutions scheme, known as SCooTS. Run by Hertfordshire’s Community Development Agency, the scheme loans scooters to youngsters who are struggling to get to work or college because of limited transport options.
The project, set up in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council, North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire College, is open to those between the ages of 16 and 25 who can demonstrate a real need for a scooter and accept the responsibilities that go with it.
Valda Edmunds, community relations manager for Stansted Airport, said:
“Stansted Airport is committed to helping young people into training and employment, and the Communities Trust encourages applications that enhance the social, economic and environmental well-being of the community. We are delighted to help provide funding for this fantastic local project, which compliments a similar scheme we supported in West Essex last year.”
Ricky Moore, Two Wheels Co-ordinator for SCooTS, said:
“Thanks to all our partners and their generous contributions, this project will help make a real difference to the lives of many young people in Hertfordshire. The project gives the young person independence, confidence and access to life opportunities by addressing the rural transport issues faced by many.”
Each young person must undergo a comprehensive training programme after which they receive safety equipment and on going support. The project is also piloting new electric scooters - these environmentally friendly bikes are quieter than traditional models and produce zero carbon emissions.
SCooTS is the only scheme of its kind in Hertfordshire and all 20 scooters are in constant use. It also has a high success rate, with all of those who have taken part in the programme over the past 12 months sustaining their employment or training opportunity while using the bikes.
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For further information about the SCooTS project contact Ricky Moore on 01707 695513. The £40,000 from BAA Stansted will support the funding of the SCooTS project over a two year period.