A door-to-door bus service, that prevents elderly and vulnerable Ribble Valley residents from becoming “prisoners in their own homes”, has a new set of wheels, thanks to cash from the borough council.
The Little Green Bus, so called because of its environmental credentials, has a new blue Mercedes Sprinter, thanks to £6,200 from Ribble Valley Borough Council and additional cash from Ribble Valley Homes, the Yorkshire Building Society and Lancashire County Council.
The Little Green Bus provides door-to-door transport for elderly and vulnerable residents via fully-accessible minibuses and a volunteer car scheme, enabling them to access vital services and get their weekly shopping.
The scheme’s manager, Donna Atkinson, said: “Our drivers are marvellous individuals, who volunteer their time to help us assist people who, without our services, would be prisoners in their own homes.
“Our newest project is an assisted shopping and access to services scheme that supports people with illnesses such as dementia, allowing them to use transport that is familiar to them and staffed by specially-trained volunteers.
“We are extremely grateful to Ribble Valley Borough Council and all our sponsors for their generosity.”
The new bus was launched by Ribble Valley Mayor Richard Sherras, who added: “The Little Green Bus is a vital lifeline in a large rural community, where many elderly and vulnerable residents live in isolation, and we are delighted to support this scheme.”
The Little Green Bus, started four years ago, now has five buses and 27 volunteer drivers, offering affordable travel to more than 300 vulnerable residents and 50 community groups, and is now looking for additional volunteers.