Access to work
Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition.
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help you:
- Start working
- Stay in work
- Move into self-employment or start a business.
How much you receive will depend on your circumstances, it doesn’t have to be paid back and will not effect any other benefits you are in receipt of (you must be 16 or over to receive the grant). The grant can pay for things such as; specialist equipment, a support worker/job coach if required, disability awareness training for colleagues. Full information and how you can apply can be found on the Gov Website.
Wiltshire Link Schemes
Wiltshire Link helps to transport those who are disabled, elderly or without transport in the short term due to an accident or operation. Or are unable to use public transport due to anxiety for example.
Who can use the Service?
- People who need help to get out and about or a little support in the home and garden
- Anyone who has difficulty getting to medical appointments, shopping or the hairdresser
- Those in areas with poor transport links
- People with a disability.
The service aims to support those who need a little help to maintain their independence and quality of life.
More information can be found on the Wiltshire Link Schemes website or by calling 01380 722241.
Wiltshire Community Transport
Community Transport mobilises and engages local communities, in Wiltshire and Swindon it is provided by charities and voluntary organisations (which are often very small and local), and often harnesses the experience and energy of volunteers who give freely of their time to help others.
In Wiltshire and Swindon Community Transport schemes take children to school, sick people to healthcare and older and disabled people to the shops. It also runs local bus routes and provides transport for a wide range of clubs, community organisations and care homes.
Further information can be found via the Community First website.
Wiltshire Wheels to Work
Wiltshire Wheels to Work is a moped loan scheme for people aged 16+ living in Wiltshire who cannot get to work or work-based training because of transport difficulties. For just £15 per week, Wiltshire Wheels to Work provides the following to individuals without the means to get to work or work-based training:
- A fully insured, road-ready 50cc scooter* for up to 6 months
- Breakdown cover
- Maintenance costs
- Jacket, gloves and lock
- Back-up support from Community First
- An opportunity to save via a Credit Union scheme towards the costs of your own means of getting around.
(*Provisional or full driving licences and a valid CBT are needed to ride a Wiltshire Wheels to Work moped)
For enquiries and further information about the scheme please call 01380 732816 or email: email@example.com.
Wiltshire Independent Travel Service
Are an award winning independent project offering initial travel support to individuals who would like to travel independently on public transport for work, to meet friends, for college or training. After meeting the person for the first time, they design an individual programme of support depending on their skills and needs. A travel supporter will accompany the person on their journey until they become confident. They can work on skills like planning a journey, road safety, telling the time, using money or a bus pass and help to build confidence. The only cost to the individual are any bus or train fares although where possible they will assist people to apply for disabled person passes.
Peter North, WITS Co-ordinator
Wiltshire Independent Travel Support, The Independent Living Centre, St. George’s Road, Semington, BA14 6JQ
Tel: 01380 871800
Julian House Bike Workshop
Julian House Bike Workshop serves the public, selling bikes and maintenance services whilst creating opportunities for people to train, gain confidence and make progress towards independence and employment.
They offer a free:
- 13-week loan of a fully serviced and safety-checked refurbished bicycle
- Lock, helmet, pump and puncture repair kit for the duration of the loan.
Plus, a consultation with one of our mechanics, who will give tips on cycle routes, road safety and ways to look after your bike. At the end of the loan period, you can either return the equipment or purchase it at a discounted rate of 50% off.
For further details please contact the Julian House Bike Workshop in Trowbridge:
5-9 Duke Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EA, 01225 764485, firstname.lastname@example.org