The Green Light to Work scheme, launched in June 2013 as part of the Go Smarter to Work programme,  now covers the whole of Tyne and Wear. 

John Bourn, from the Go Smarter Core Team, who is project managing the scheme, commented: “The scheme was originally focused on Western Gateshead, the most rural part of Tyne and Wear, and was aimed at helping people in rural communities, with no available transport, to access employment or training opportunities.  Since then, it has become clear that there is demand for the scheme elsewhere in the region, often from residents who have been offered shift work at a time when there is no public transport running.”  

Potential applicants to the scheme will have their travel needs assessed and, if there is no suitable public transport option available, they will be given the chance to hire a scooter or electric bike at low cost.  The scheme will even pay for the cost of training and safety equipment/clothing.

Launch of GLTW scheme

The picture above shows one of the scooters that are available for hire under the scheme, with (left to right) Cllr Gladys Hobson (vice-chair of ITA), John Bourn (Go Smarter Core Team), Cllr John McElroy and Liz Prudhoe (ADAPT).

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, stated that: “Gateshead Council are strong supporters of Go Smarter and of this new scheme. Helping people – especially young people – find rewarding jobs or training is good for our communities and good for our economy. Green Light to Work will provide them with the means to get there.”

Green Light to Work is delivered by ADAPT (North East), a social enterprise based in Hexham, and the scooters used on the scheme are bought locally, providing further benefits to the regional economy.  If you want to know more about the scheme, please contact Helen from ADAPT on 0845 388 0042.