The Kickstart Story
Kickstart Norfolk is a charity based in Dereham, Norfolk. Starting in 1996 as a non-profit organisation, Kickstart became a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee in 2003. Set up to provide a service across Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire to individuals with a transport need, we are proud to state that since 1996 we assisted over 4,800 people. Working with multi-agencies, trusts and foundations, Kickstart receives over 750 applications per year. With a fleet of over 300 Honda Vision Mopeds we can assist more than 400 applicants on to our mopeds, covering an area more than 8500 square miles. This has enabled Kickstart to become both the largest and only sustainable wheels to work programme in the country and we are a proud member of the National Wheels to Work Association, the Chamber of commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.
One of the main barriers identified as to why an individual is not able to secure, attend or sustain employment, training or education is the lack of transport. Having to rely on public transport, spend large parts of their budget on travel expenses or rely on family and friends to provide them with a lift often places a heavy burden on both the individual and those around them. This burden can lead to the individual giving up on their futures all together and Kickstart wants to prevent this from happening.
Whether your unemployed, a student, an apprentice, attending training or in employment, Kickstart could help you if transport is a problem. Below are testimonials from a few of our service users.
Nigel lives near Great Yarmouth and was unemployed and looking for work but finding it hard to secure work due to transport issues. He could not afford to buy and insure a bike himself so applied to the Kickstart scheme for help. With the assistance of the moped scheme it has allowed him to secure full time employment in a well-paid job in North Walsham. Nigel said, “Without this bike I would not have been able to secure my job and stay in employment, it has been a blessing and Kickstart helped me from start to finish, I would definitely recommend them to people”.
Tony lives in the rural village of Elm near Wisbech and is employed 2 days a week and attends college 3 days a week, he also wants to take on another part-time job which he will need transport for. The timetable for the bus he used daily has now changed, meaning it does not get him to work or college on time, therefore, Tony runs the risk of be fired from his job and being kicked off his course. Tony told us, “I was having to wait around for hours per week waiting for buses to get me to work and college but now with the freedom this moped gives me, it has allowed me to take on another part-time job and get to work and college on time. The Kickstart application process is quick and easy and the team are really friendly and helpful, the moped scheme is fantastic and will really help people like me”.
Barry is attending College and taking a Building Skills Course. He lives in Wendling which is a rurally isolated village classed as a public transport deprived area. Due to the lack of public transport Barry cannot attend College without the help of his family and friends and he feels like he is a burden on them all. In conjunction with Norfolk County Council we have been able to assist Barry with a moped and he told us. “I now have the freedom of attending both College and to socialise with my friends in the evenings and weekends without having to constantly ask them for lifts, I was genuinely going to give college up but with the help from kickstart I can pursue the career in building that I want. What a great scheme this is”.
Kickstart’s Charitable Objectives
- The prevention or relief of poverty by the provision of grants, items, equipment and services to individuals in need and/or to charities or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty.
- The relief of unemployment for the public benefit of persons who are unemployed or are in low paid work and who are restricted by transport limitations principally by the provision of mopeds or other two-wheeled vehicles on such terms as the Council may decide to facilitate access to and the use of work opportunities or alternative work opportunities and/or training which is likely to lead to work opportunities or alternative work opportunities.
- To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of people who are socially excluded, and assisting them to integrate into society principally, but not exclusively, by relieving people who are socially excluded through low or no income and who may have responsibilities for the care of a family member by providing mopeds or other two wheeled vehicles to facilitate access to education and /or training and to social exchange to develop opportunities for integration into society and/or work.