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Grass Routes Minibus

Funded on Spacehive 10 August 2019 Delivered 1 November 2021

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Grass Routes Minibus

Grass Routes Minibus

The Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre By The Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre

To fundraise for an electric minibus for multifaceted community use, that is used to full capacity by several different community projects and as many local people as possible for various activities.

London Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 10 Aug 2019!

To raise funds to buy a minibus which will service the grass routes area In North Woolwhich & Silvertown: A pick up service Monday-Friday from local primary schools for RDLAC’s After School Club, to enable working parents access to full time jobs. A circular bus for the Royal Docks, running mornings and weekends to community hubs, local activities, parks and green spaces, taking parents & older residents to doctor surgeries or Supermarkets, ideally using volunteer drivers Picking up and distributing regular donations for local food banks and community cafes (e.g. Tesco and Lidl through Fairshare, City Harvest, Community Food Enterprise, neighbourly, Newham food bank) Upcyling furniture, local volunteers (from partner organisations e.g. Craftory) picking up unwanted furniture from residents, refurbish the furniture and resell for affordable costs with proceeds going back into charity activities Model Railway club and other local groups taking children or pensioners on trips

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide a pick up service to 5 local schools for After School Clubs
  • Organise a circular bus route to service the local grass routes area
  • Use the minibus to pick up and distribute foodbank and community cafe donations
  • Use the minibus to transport furniture for upcycling
  • Make the minibus available for other community use where needed and as suggested by community members

Why it's a great idea:

The project will have a strong impact on the entire community, people of all ages, cultures & backgrounds improving access to facilities, services and the green spaces throughout the area This project will also offer the opportunity for local people to gain skills and experience in terms of diary management / route planning / record keeping etc. The main grass routes project will offer upskilling and apprenticeships varying from brewing to furniture design & building for the outdoor spaces. The mini bus will help enable this through overcoming transport barriers, e.g for unemployed people that cannot afford transport The minibus will be accessible and be able to have different configurations to support multiple uses The project will offer improved social inclusion for isolated groups as well as improved inter-community connectivity in the local area in terms of higher footfall for shops and activities We would utilize the Mayor of London's scrappage scheme for the old minibus

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase a new electric or hybrid minibus
  • Train volunteer and paid drivers on the new minibus
  • Use the minibus on a daily basis to pick up from primary schools
  • Plan circular bus route with local hubs and community members
  • Use of the minibus as a regular circular route
  • Regular use of mini bus for other community use - Suggestions from community members for use of the minibus

This is part of a larger project, with the minibus servicing 27 green spaces throughout North Woolwich & Silvertown. Grass routes is a project to stitch together 27 outdoor green spaces throughout the area along Albert Road, through common themes and to activate them allowing local community members access to these spaces as safe, clean environments with activities for people of all cultures and ages. This is a community project in collaboration with 20 different organisations as well as local residents. North Woolwich & Silvertown specifically are cut off by 2 bridges across the water either side making the area isolated and difficult for transport links The idea is for the community to also be able to add their own ideas for use of the minibus All volunteer or paid drivers of the minibus will be offered training and need to have the relevant valid insurance and driving license Tate & Lyle have offered free parking and charging on their site for an electric vehicle

Location London

About the space

The main focus will be Albert Road, North Woolwich and Silvertown, with the circular minibus going further afied to UEL, LCY and Galleons reach


London Borough of Newham

How will the money be spent?Total £60,898

Minibus - £41,394 (68%)
Volunteer drivers - £15,000 (25%)
Staff time/project management & admin - £2,000 (3%)
Other - £2,504 (4%)

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.

Volunteer drivers
Staff time/project management & admin
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • 1) hire more minibus drivers and pay volunteer expenses
  • 2) pay for a children’s trip during the school holidays, for children that could not usually afford this
  • 3) produce local maps for community members and visitors, with walking routes as well as the circular bus regular stops

Total £60,898

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • we would love some help with social media and marketing!
  • We need volunteer drivers to help with a range of things, including picking up surplus food for donations
  • We are looking for raw materials to help build a green roof canopy from the St John's Green kiosk cafe next to the community garden!
  • 1st AId Kit for the minibus! A First Aid kit for use by (qualified) staff and volunteers in the case of an emergency

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