Somerset charity CCS (Community Council for Somerset) called on the generosity of Somerset’s people to donate their second-hand cars, which are in working order but that they no longer need, to help get West Somerset moving. In our first weeks of asking Somerset for donations, we have got two great cars on the books and are searching to match them up with new owners from West Somerset as we speak!
This newinitiativeaims to further improve access to employment and education for local people who may need to travel longer distances to take up opportunities.
CCS appealed to potential donorsacross Somersetwho have cars they no longer want – they may have already purchased another vehicle or perhaps they are giving up driving.
Now with the aid of our CCS Village Agents and West Somerset Advice, we are working to find the cars new owners to better their lives where they had been previously been restricted without access to a vehicle – perhaps it will aid their employment options, health and wellbeing.
The innovative scheme is supported by the West Somerset Opportunity Area. Outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people in West Somerset are well below the national average. The West Somerset Opportunity Area, one of 12 Opportunity Areas in England, aims to overcome these challenges through working in partnership with localorganisations, businesses, schools, nurseries and colleges.
Minor mechanical problems and no MOT are not a barrier as qualified mechanics, working at local not-for-profit social enterprise Rusty Road 2 Recovery, will carry out a full service and safety check before handing the vehicles over. Any vehicles that are beyond repair will be sold for parts, with all the profits put back into the project.
Katherine Armstrong, CCS Community Involvement Officer, says:
“We are so pleased to have got two cars already in the scheme andare inthe process of matching them withnew ownersand improve their lives, employment and trainingopportunities.”
Please donate your unneeded cars to provide transport for lower-income people to get back into work and education.
Keeley Rudd,Chief Executive, says:
“Your generosity will make a huge difference to those unable to access work or education because they have no affordable means of getting there. We thank those who have already donated and those of you considering donating please get in touch. This really could be the game-changer for someone in your community!”
If you have a car to donate please get in touch withCCSCommunity Involvement Officer Katherine via emailkatherine@Somersetrcc.org.ukwith your name and phone number and a brief description of the car, or call 07985 744623, to discuss the donation further.