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Driving Forces

The Driving Forces project offers ex-forces personnel living in St Helens and surrounding areas a route back into employment. 

So what can the Driving Forces project do for you?


  • FREE professional driving qualifications (PVC D1 Minibus/16 seater)

  • FREE driver/passenger assist qualifications 

    The Passenger Assistant Training Scheme (PATS) is a nationally recognised certificate which covers the role and responsibilities of a Passenger Assistant, including legal, practical and safety issues. Once qualified, PATS certificate holders can go on to paid employment in the social care transport sector or volunteering in the community.  
  • Work experience and confidence

    Volunteering is a key part of the project. Participants will have the fantastic opportunity to gain practical work experience and build confidence whilst providing a valuable community resource by driving a 16 seater mini-bus (or assisting) in the community. Participants will need to agree to complete a number of volunteer hours e.g. half a day a week for a year or one day a week over six months (whatever works best for the individual).

  • Employment reference

    All participants will receive a detailed job reference to support any employment applications.


  • Employment opportunities in the transport industry

  • A range of advice and support from Helena and project partners, to help you achieve individual goals

To find out more please contact Liz Gauckwin on 01744 417646 or 07525766335. Alternatively email


The Armed Forces Covenant

The project is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which ensures that those who served in the Armed Forces are treated fairly.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant and what it means for you here.