Somerset charity CCS (The Community Council for Somerset) is calling on the generosity of Somerset’s people to donate their second-hand cars, that are in working order but that they no longer need, to help get West Somerset moving.
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 local organisations, businesses, schools, nurseries and colleges.
CCS is appealing to potential donors who have cars they no longer want – they may have already purchased another vehicle or perhaps they are giving up driving. Suitable cars are those that are in working order and are economical to run, ideally smaller-size cars that use less fuel and are cheaper to insure than larger vehicles.
Following a very successful appeal for donations of bikes earlier this year, this new campaign aims to further improve access to employment and education for local people who may need to travel longer distances to take up opportunities.
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:
“Please donate your unneeded cars to provide transport for lower-income people to get back into work and education.
First, we will service the vehicle and undertake any minor repairs to gain a 12-month MOT. At the time of being given the vehicle, the recipient will be shown how to undertake basic checks to maintain the vehicle in working condition. On top of that, our partners at West Somerset Advice and Rusty Road 2 Recovery will support recipients with financial advice and a free vehicle check within the first 6 months of ownership.”
Raj Singh, CCS Deputy 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 urge you to consider donating your unwanted car to offer a life-changing opportunity to someone in your local community.”
If you have a car to donate please get in touch with CCS Community Involvement Officer Katherine via email katherine@Somersetrcc.org.uk with your name and phone number and a brief description of the car, or call 07985 744623, to discuss the donation further.