Community Transport Christmas
1st December 2017
by Tom Jeffery
Marketing and Communications Executive
Community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays. This December, we’re going to be sharing the stories of our members who go above and beyond at Christmas.
We’ll be updating this page regularly, so keep checking back for new stories.
If you have a community transport Christmas story to share you can email firstname.lastname@example.org fill in this short online form.
Shencare Community Transport, Birmingham
“I was astounded that a not for profit organisation would go to these lengths to help a family need.” Read a letter from Emma about the help and support given to her family by Shencare Community Transport last Christmas. Read more.
Brent Community Transport, London
Read a letter from Janaki, a 16 year old volunteer for Brent Community Transport who, last Christmas, took part in their festive bus programme around London. Read more.
Tavistock Area Support Services
“As you would expect with volunteers someone will always put their hand up. Kind hearts and generous natures, all of them!” Read Diane’s story about the work Tavistock Area Support Services do at Christmas. Read more.
Grimsby and Cleethorpes Dial-a-Ride, North East Lincolnshire
Two years ago, Midge Curry from Grimsby and Cleethorpes Dial-a-Ride sent in a story about a new project: ‘Not Home Alone at Christmas’. This year she shares the story of how this has expanded to help people all year round. Read more.
Green Dragon Bus, Pembrokshire
Caroline Wilson shares her account of how Green Dragon Bus helped get one of their passengers home to their family for Christmas. Read more.
Northampton Volunteer Car Scheme, Northamptonshire
Many of our passengers live alone and rely on the scheme. Our latest passenger survey feedback showing that 91% of respondents thought the scheme was a lifeline and it is particularly important over the Christmas period. Read more from Sally Jones at Northampton Volunteer Car Scheme.
Little Green Bus Lancashire
When passengers were cut off by snow, Little Green Bus rallied local business to make sure they had the supplies they needed. Read more.
Sue Leighton from South East Dorset Accessible Transport shares the story of how how they make sure that their passengers can get together for Christmas festivities as well as how they partner with local churches to help those without a home. Read more.
Access Plymouth, Devon
“We at Access Plymouth are very busy in the run up to Christmas, taking people to Christmas parties, social gatherings and, of course, shopping! Read more from Lesley Hargreaves at Access Plymouth.
“Everyone, young and old, had a great time building friendships and having fun. “Read the story of how CHEXS bought together older people and local sixth form students for a Christmas meal. Read more.
North Coast Community Transport, County Londonderry
“At this time of the year, where it is most often taken for granted that everyone has a family to spend time with or that each household has the money to prepare a Christmas dinner, one of our group members The Causeway Coast Vinyard understand that this is not always the case.” Read more from North Coast Community Transport.
Green Community Travel, Bristol
Read Jenny Bright’s story of how a Green Community Travel volunteer went above and beyond to make sure that an older couple could be together on Christmas day. Read more.
One Community, Hampshire
“So you see, Community Transport is really the gift that keeps on giving in both directions – to the passengers and from them. It is important to recognise such generosity and positivity in times of adversity, and it is also good to highlight that the true spirit of Christmas is very much alive and well.” Read more from One Community.