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What employer wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to support their staff to choose healthier lifestyles, reduce their travel costs and make a positive difference to their local community?

Merseycare Julie Ann (MCJA) have done just that through the introduction of a pool bike scheme for their team. MCJA, a large domiciliary care agency providing care to over 500 people in the Liverpool city region, have been working with Liverpool & Sefton Chambers to identify ways in which they can support staff by offering an alternative to regular car use, particularly for shorter journeys, as well as helping to reduce the burden of travel costs and provide flexibility and reduce travel times for staff providing care in the local community. They successfully applied for funding under the Combined Authority’s sustainable transport programme (STEP) to provide 14 pool bikes. The scheme has only been in operation for three weeks but already they are noticing the difference.

Rosie Robinson, Registered Manager of MCJA, has been delighted at the impact the scheme has had so fa, “We all know about the health benefits of cycling but there are so many more reasons why investing in a scheme like this one can benefit not only our carers, but also the community they care for. We have one member of the team who feels fitter and healthier and is now saving her bus fares to pay for a holiday! Another carer feels much safer now she can cycle rather than walk as the nights get darker and as we deliver care from 7.00am to 10.00pm this is an important issue for us.”

Over 30 organisations across the Liverpool City Region, have benefited from this funding with the majority of applications focussing on pool bike schemes to support staff.

To find out about any future funding schemes and other support available, employers can sign up to the Employers Network to receive information direct. Please contact the Chamber’s Sustainable Business Advisor, michelle.cameron@liverpoolchamber.org.uk for more information.

Written by Gather

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