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Cat Bus (360G-SomersetCF-A412577)

Community transport for people who cannot access public services


19 Jul 2016

Grant details
Amount Applied For 4500
Amount Awarded 4500
Award Date 2016-07-19T00:00:00+00:00
Beneficiary Location: Country Code GB
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code E01029229
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code Type LSOA
Beneficiary Location: Name South Somerset 005D
Grant Programme: Code June 2016
Grant Programme: Title Grants to Groups
Impact Category Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to local services
Last Modified 2017-11-15T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Duration (months) 10
Planned Dates: End Date 2017-04-01T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2016-06-30T00:00:00+00:00
Primary age group Seniors (65+)
Primary beneficiary Older People
Primary ethnicity White British
Primary issue Disability and Access issues
Recipient Org: Charity Number 1101645
Recipient Org: Company Number 04968756
Recipient Org: Description To provide accessible and affordable community transport to the rural area of south east Somerset. The transport is for eligible groups and individuals who are socially, economically, or physically disadvantaged and those who are geographically isolated with the aim of encouraging greater community participation and social inclusion for these groups. The services we provide fall under three main headings: 1. Our main service is to provide demand responsive transport for individuals using our five minibuses. Requests are placed through our booking line up to 24 hours before the day of travel. We collect people from their home and take them anywhere within our 180 square mile operating area for a set fare. This helps people to remain in their own homes whilst still retaining their independence by allowing them to access essential services such as hospitals, doctors, dentists, shops, work and training opportunities. Individuals also have the opportunity to participate in leisure, cultural, educational and social activities which help them to promote a healthier more active lifestyle and provides social interaction with other users, thus helping to combat social isolation. 2. Community groups and organisations may also hire our vehicles, using either their own drivers or one of our schemes drivers, to allow their members to enjoy days out together at a place of their choice. For those who have restricted mobility our fully accessible vehicles offer the only opportunity to partake in these activities with their friends. 3. Social Car Scheme: We currently have 26 volunteer drivers who use their own car and give up their own time to take people, primarily, to medical appointments. They are paid only the government set 50 pence per mile allowance to cover fuel costs as well as wear and tear on their vehicles. Passengers are transported both locally and outside our normal operating area eg Bath, Bristol, Dorchester. This very personal service provided by our helpful, friendly drivers has become an essential part of the access to health provision following the severe restrictions placed on subsidised hospital transport. Last year our drivers undertook over 1200 single passenger journeys to help members of their community.
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