Fred and Hafizur's story
Frederick Nesling, 80, first found out about YourCar from his doctor after developing a balance problem that made getting out and about more difficult. He now uses the service once or twice a week to make sure he can get to healthcare appointments and go shopping. He also uses the service to travel to Liverpool Street station, to take the train to visit his family in Essex.
‘It’s a very efficient service,’ said Fred. ‘The drivers give me the help I need to get in and out of the vehicle and take their time – it’s much nicer.’
Hafizur Rahman, 22, started at HCT Group through our Future Jobs Fund (FJF) programme. The programme provided opportunities for people who were unemployed to get back into the labour market through becoming YourCar drivers, training for an NVQ in road passenger transport.
‘I had been unemployed for six months and things were really very tough. When I first heard about the job it was just what I was looking for – I had originally started my career in retail, but what I really wanted was a driving job.
‘I may have been first interested in the driving, but I’ve really fallen in love with the YourCar service itself, working with the service users and putting something back into the community. I’ve had all the right training and the staff and managers have been so supportive – it’s brilliant!’
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