Programme helps people with drug and alcohol problems.

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The Scottish Ayrshire Centre took a trip to the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) for its first site visit of 2022. 

The Trust operates a joint venture to restore and preserve historic passenger carrying commercial vehicles while helping people with drug and alcohol addiction problems with the offer of work experience. 

Chairman Steven Booth and Trustee Ian Walker gave the members a talk on the Trust’s history and current activities. They explained how the garage, established as a heritage centre for buses and commercial vehicles, has around 150 vehicles in the collection, including fire appliances. The vehicles are often taken around the city of Glasgow and made available for the public to travel on. 

Back on the Road, the initiative in operation since 2005, provides opportunities for recovered drug addicts that help their social, financial and personal skills that could ease their route back to employment. Based on site at the Bridgeton Bus Garage, the vehicle restoration programme provides training in multiple disciplines, from metal work to painting.  

The programme, which has a proven track record of helping people progress into employment and education, has recently secured major new funding for the next five years, and now aims to re-establish its attendance levels pre-Covid.  

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