North East Transport Training (NETT) has received £560 from Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Resilience Fund to help support the community during the Covid 19 pandemic.
NETT normally provides a range of transport and road safety training programmes for a variety of industries both PSV and LGV, but after the Lockdown brought this to a halt the Social Enterprise decided to concentrate fully on their Social outcome and provide safe transport where it was needed.
The organisation now supports people to get to essential work places, go shopping and get to medical appointments where needed as well as doing shopping or collecting prescriptions etc for those socially isolating.
NETT’s founder Rachel Milne said; “we’re only a very small organisation with only one employee and a few volunteers but we’re doing what we can where we can, using our bus and cars where that’s appropriate.”
“We have to be very careful about social distancing and also cleanliness of the vehicles so we will only carry one person at a time and we spend a lot of time disinfecting and cleaning. If we can help a few people during what is a really tough time for everyone, then we’ll consider it a success”
NETT is grateful to Aberdeenshire Council for the grant which they say will cover approximately 7 weeks fuel costs for the bus, but Rachel was keen to thank others saying that running costs for vehicles were not just fuel and that other expenses were being covered from the organisation’s reserves.
“We are a Social Enterprise so our customers are aware that any profits from our training courses go into supporting transport within the community. It’s only because they work with us, that we can help others.”
“Being able to do this right now is not just about NETT, it’s a fabulous accolade to all our clients and supporters who have such excellent community spirit”