A Somerset company is sending its employees out on the road with Transporting Somerset to get a close-up view of how its products are used.
Martock-based Unwin, an Autoadapt company, is the UK’s leading supplier of wheelchair restraints and flooring systems.
Volunteers from all sections of the company are joining Transporting Somerset staff and service-users to see exactly how the company’s products are used to take vulnerable people with both learning and physical disabilities to and from day centres.
Staff will be taking part in Unwin’s Community Transport Experience at bases in Yeovil, Taunton and Glastonbury over coming weeks.
Unwin Technical Sales Advisor Adam Weatherhog says: “There are two main objectives for the project, the first being that we would like our staff to have an understanding of how our products are used in day-to-day situations and how they have an effect on an individual’s life, enabling them to be safely transported to activity centres.
“There are members of our workforce who have never seen a product being used by the vast range of customer and service users who depend on our products every day and we feel their experience will enable them to adopt an even greater pride in their work and emphasise our commitment to product quality.
“We also want to give something back to the local community by volunteering in the area around our factory, meeting with service users and promoting good corporate social responsibility.
“This project is by no means a one-off and we are hoping to establish this as a regular activity for all employees, should they wish to give something back to the community and assist where they can.”
Unwin is also providing all staff at the transport centres with free refresher training on the equipment during a day at the Martock HQ, by way of a thank you and to mark the company’s commitment to passenger safety.
Cath Reed, Transport Officer at the Fiveways Resource Centre in Yeovil says: “We provide safe transport for vulnerable people with learning disabilities and with varying needs.
“It has been great to meet the Unwin volunteers. They have been really interested in what we do. They ask loads of questions and have been so keen to find out how we do things and why we do things in certain ways and why the Unwin products are important.
“We are really looking forward to going to the factory in Martock and seeing how and where the products that we use twice a day are made.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Transporting Somerset drivers Bob Talboys, Tony Halsey and Gill Stollery; Unwin volunteers David Knight and Matthew Foster and Transport Officer Cath Reed at the Fiveways Resource Centre in Yeovil.