We are pleased to announce the launch of a new community transport pilot scheme. The scheme is designed to provide a low-cost minibus service for members of the community that may otherwise not be able to access activities and groups throughout the town.
Alastair Stewart, Head of Charitable Projects and Partnerships, said: “There are so many excellent groups around the town, and a community that are keen to use them. There is a vital missing link for some though and we hope that this scheme will help fill the gap. In fact, we know that a number of the groups we’re working with may struggle to operate at all without a service like this, as many of their members are vulnerable and in need of support.”
The minibus transfers will launch in September 2022 and cost £2 for a return journey. The scheme is reliant on volunteer drivers to operate the service. Catherine Rose is Volunteering Manager at the Foundation. She added: “There’s a refreshingly large number of people in Letchworth Garden City interested in volunteering for the good of the community – I’m really looking forward to hearing from anyone that would like to volunteer and become a lifeline to so many in the town.”
The pilot will initially focus on transporting people to a select number of groups in the town. If successful, it’s hoped that the pilot project may develop into a longer-term scheme open for more groups to participate and the strength of the volunteer pool will be a big part of how the success is measured.