The future of the social inclusion programme run by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Back on the Road Community Interest Company has been secured thanks to major new funding.
Back on the Road is to receive funding over five years from the Local Support Fund administered by the Corra Foundation, an agency of the Scottish Government committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged people and communities. This follows our engagement with the Scottish Government’s National Drugs Mission earlier in 2021.
The programme uses vehicle restoration to help those in recovery from addiction issues gain skills which increases their chance of employment. The award will help re-establish the programme to pre-COVID levels and further develop it from there. The scale of the award will allow for the recruitment of a coordinator to help with this latter aspect.
Back On The Road, based at Bridgeton Bus Garage, has supported more than 200 people recovering from addiction by providing training in multiple skills, from metal work to painting. Many clients have progressed to employment and further education.
Eight classic buses which have been displayed at Bridgeton have been transformed from decaying hulks to shining showpieces by people in recovery from addiction. Many others have had repairs carried out on them.
GVVT Chairman, Steven Booth, who is also Chair of Back on the Road CIC, said: “This is such good news! It is a very big achievement to receive funding on such a scale. It comes with responsibility but importantly, the future of the programme is secure. We hope this brings significant benefit to the Trust, local community and especially to the participants. Back on the Road has a proven track record and we’re determined this continues.”
If you or someone you know might be interested in applying to become the Back on the Road Coordinator, you can apply through one of the following recruitment websites:
About Corra Foundation
Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.
In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen.
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