With thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, SSJ has been able to buy a new transit van that will help combat the impact on service users who have been forced to isolate.
The previous van was prone to breaking down which would sometimes mean that essential provisions such as medication were delayed. The new van will allow service providers to reach the most vulnerable people through the delivery of food and prescriptions to those who need access to essential supplies during the pandemic.
The van will also be used to move the personal belongings and furniture of vulnerable adults during COVID-19 – to make sure as many vulnerable people as possible can be isolated or shielded when needed.
As well as this, the van will be used to collect bikes from people across the south which will then be refurbished and sold to people who are looking for a bike to help them get fit or get to work instead of using their car.
Project Manager at Jordan House, Myles Lewis, says: “During the lockdown, we have been collecting bikes which are then refurbished and sold to people who are looking for a different way to travel.
“Our service users who refurbish the bikes are benefiting from learning about bike maintenance which is showing in increased positive mental health.
“The previous van wasn’t too reliable so this new transit van provides us with more opportunities to reach the most vulnerable people at a time when they need us most.”
Based at Jordan House, Re-Cycle Bikes offers learning and training opportunities for our service users and volunteers from the wider community, to help grow and sustain the use of bicycles as transport.
Trained volunteers offer courses, recognized by City & Guilds, to recycle broken bikes into usable, safe, environmentally conscious transport.
Re-Cycle Bikes works in close partnership with our Re-Fit programme, as well as Hampshire Constabulary, My Journey, and several other local schools, religious organisations, and businesses.
For more information about Recycle-Bikes click here.
Stock image used for van as the article was written whilst van was in process of being delivered.