Community Bus - Colchester

Community Bus - Colchester

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A new wheelchair accessible minibus so we can continue our door to door community transport service.

Colchester Fundraising stage

102
backers
£3,283
pledged of £10,958
33
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £10,958 by 26 May 2017

We need to replace one of our minibuses as the tail lift cannot be repaired any further. We address inaccessibility to services, activities and facilities in Colchester and Maldon. The Scheme improves the transport provision for people in the local community who have limited mobility (be it through permanent or temporary disablement, illness, accident or age) or who would otherwise be socially excluded or isolated through rurality. We provide door to door transport to and from appointments, medical centres, shopping centres, visits to therapy, friends and relatives. In addition, both locations offer a range of popular excursions offering the opportunity for members to meet new people, enjoy good health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide transport to the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community
  • Increase independent living and a real feeling of social togetherness
  • Increase accessibility to public amenities

Why it's a great idea:

We delivered 66,519 passenger journeys in 2015-16 plus over 1650 excursion trips to various destinations including garden centres, theatres, tea shops, pubs, seaside strolls and serious shopping trips. Specifically designed to help combat social isolation, these trips help forge new friendship and encourages links with the local community. Our general transport service supports members across Colchester and Maldon. Lack of accessible transport can be a serious barrier to their ability to fully engage with their communities and accessing services. Furthermore, providing affordable transport to GP and dental appointments has proved essential. In the words of some of our members: "Greatly relieves my stress knowing I can get to my medical appointments"; "I come on weekly excursions for friendship. Without the trips, I could go three weeks without seeing anybody"; "Most essential to my life. I would be housebound without them".

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchasing a replacement minibus

We have a fleet of minibuses across both schemes. However, most of the buses are aging and during the financial year 2015-16, nearly £60,000 was spent on maintenance and repairs. The majority of the fleet are becoming increasingly unreliable and a potential risk to the scheme in that trips have to be cancelled, postponed or reassigned (to another vehicle) on a regular basis. One bus in particular, is now at the stage where the tail lift has been condemned and so will be out of use as an "accessible" vehicle.

Location Colchester

Colchester has 5 other projects and £300,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Colchester Town and surrounding villages

Council

Colchester Borough Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £10,958

Fully Accessible Minibus - £10,000 (91%)
Other - £958 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

91%
Fully Accessible Minibus
£10,000
9%
Other
£958
  • Spacehive fees
    £500
  • Transaction Fees
    £358
  • VAT
    £100

Total £10,958

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