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Anuerin Bevan Health Board's experience of grant funding

Aneurin Bevan Health Board has a sustainable travel plan for employees, patients and visitors travelling to our sites.

To demonstrate our commitment to sustainable travel a Salary Sacrifice Cycle to Work Scheme for employees was introduced. We liaised and took advice from a number of organisations including Sewta and Sustrans and launched the scheme in 2009

The scheme was an immediate success with a take up of over a hundred staff members. However it very soon became apparent that we were not providing sufficient back up facilities to assist those people in terms of storage and security provision.

It was then that we were made aware of the possibility of receiving grant funding from Sewta for the provision of covered secure cycle shelters which would greatly enhance the cycle to work scheme for our staff.

In 2011/12 we were able to secure funding of £20000 for six secure covered cycle shelters at our main sites in Newport and Monmouthshire, providing secure cycle parking for 60 cycles.

We were helped in the grant application process by the Sewta Regional Travel Plan Coordinators who administer the scheme and are responsible for monitoring its outcomes. In the first year of operation approximately 50 people requested the key code to enable them to gain access to the secure shelters. However there has a been a 50% increase in employees cycling to work

The increased cycle security obviously enhanced the incentives for staff to cycle to work and further reinforced our commitment to a healthy workforce.

Andy Lamb - Projects Manager/Transport Officer andy.lamb@wales.nhs.uk

August 2013
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