Co-op Local Community Fund cash injection fuels community transport scheme

SUPPORT Staffordshire’s Community Transport Scheme has been fuelled with £1,200 from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

The Leek-based scheme provides three minibuses for use by local voluntary groups to transport their members to regular clubs or special days out.

In the past year the minibuses have undertaken almost 300 journeys and travelled more than 5,500 miles, providing transport for some of the most vulnerable members of local communities to meet to meet with friends and socialise.

The minibuses are available on a ‘self drive’ or ‘with volunteer driver basis’. Hire fees are used to maintain the vehicles and operate the service.

Co-op members have raised a staggering £20 million for local causes across the UK since September 2016 by purchasing Co-op ‘own brand’ products. One per cent of the cost every purchase goes to the Community Local Fund.

Sally Bentley, Community Transport Officer for Support Staffordshire, said: “This money will make a real difference to our scheme.”

For full details about minibus hire ring Sally on 01538 386888.

Support Staffordshire provides support and development advice to voluntary groups, community organisations and social enterprises for the benefit of those who live or work in the Moorlands and surrounding area.