Bus to Work - Case Studies
- Created: Tuesday, 29 March 2011 09:36
GM driving forward
Mr GM, a resident of Bolsover district, approached Chesterfield Community Transport in August 2010 to become a volunteer driver. He is Vice Chair of a newly formed group which assists people with various addictions to overcome their problems. GM, himself, is a recovering alcoholic and requires the structure of regular work (paid or voluntary) to help him avoid slipping back.
Chesterfield Community Transport needed to be satisfied that GM was now in control of his addiction and although he had a clean driving licence, it was necessary to ensure his driving credentials were 100% OK. He underwent training to gain the Community Transport Association MiDAS Driver standard and he was CRB checked to an enhanced level.
He is constantly aware of the peer pressure in Bolsover to persuade him to weaken and welcomes the opportunity to join the team as a volunteer driver to remove himself from such influences. He regularly drives the Bus to Work bus and feels that this has significantly raised his self esteem and his standing in the local community as he often meets people he knows from Bolsover during the course of driving them to work.
He has been featured on Peak FM Radio, the local Press and BBC’s Look North Programme. He has publicly acknowledged the support he has received and always makes reference to his voluntary services and commitment to his fellow residents in helping them “get back to work".
To whom it may concern
(letter received from regular Bus to Work passenger)
I am writing about the Ways to Work bus provided by Chesterfield Community Transport which I hear will not be running after September. This transport is the only way myself and numerous others can get to work at Tesco in Barlborough. We are all hoping that the funding is still ongoing for the transport to keep running otherwise twenty plus people will be out of a job.
It has been more than helpful to get us to work on time everyday. If there is no funding available myself and other workers see no problem in paying for the community bus to keep running.
Everybody is worried on how they will get to work after September as there is no public transport running at 5am in a morning. Could you please contact me or Roma from Chesterfield Community Transport and let us know the outcome.