Connecting the lines
Designer Hannah van Luttervelt has pondered over the issue of how the transport of vulnerable employees could be improved. Currently many sheltered workplace employees are transported to and from work by taxi. This is expensive, and unpleasant for many employees, explains Renço Wesseling. He works for Weener XL, organizer of sheltered workplaces in the region ’s-Hertogenbosch, and presented the issue. Together with Van Luttervelt he is now working on a solution: a carpool system in which employees with a car offer themselves as drivers for colleagues who need transport. This appeared to arouse considerable sensitivity among this vulnerable group. For example many users have a need for routine, while the drivers prefer to remain flexible. Based on the experience that has been acquired with Weener XL the municipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch is exploring if this carpool system can also be deployed for other vulnerable groups. The experiences are included in an app that can also be used elsewhere.