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Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport (RAKAT) are the 1st organisation to receive our £100 contribution, with their great picture which they sent in of 73 year old volunteer driver Patricia Wilkinson.

RAKAT are an organisation based in Richmond and Kingston, Surrey, who over their 20 years of operation have accumulated a total of 27 minibuses, of which 18 are accessible, incorporating lifts and low floor steps to support elderly passengers.

From the beginning RAKATs aims have been to provide group transport provision for other community and voluntary organisations in their local borough. This has very much stayed true through the years and they are now looking at continuing the development of the local transport infrastructure by working in partnership with other transport providers such as Transport for London and Dial-a-Ride schemes, which in turn enables more journeys to be completed and a more responsive community led service in their area.

One of the partnerships which have been formed is with Hampton and Hampton Hill Voluntary Care, who have been operating in the area since 1974.

Their aim is to provide help and support to those in need which bodes well with both organisations and a partnership known as the, Hampton Enterprise Project was formed. The project incorporates a voluntary care scheme, shopping bus, a Plus Bus service and Dial-a-Ride services which offer door to door transport for the elderly and those with disabilities for whom conventional transport provision is inaccessible.

Not only do RAKAT help with transport for elderly residents, but provide a Driver Training Department which trains and assesses potential drivers to the nationally recognised MIDAS standard. This scheme has been developed in conjunction with the Community Transport Association and has helped train over 500 drivers to MIDAS standards, ensuring the safety of their passengers.

We are delighted to announce Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport as our 1st winners because of their amazing commitment to their community and the residents within who we’re sure are highly appreciative.

We are pleased to announce the delivery of Winchester Community Transport’s brand new Peugeot Boxer on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. Their new minibus will allow this great organisation to carry on providing the residents of Winchester with an affordable means of transport straight from their front door.

Winchester Community Transport receive their new accessible minibus

To create the secure, durable and rigid vehicle which our client was asking for we decided to try something different from anything we've done before.

To start we used a product known as Speedliner which increases the durability and strength of the interior shell so that any damage caused would be kept to a bare minimum and would be durable enough to last throughout it's lifetime as a prisoner transfer vehicle. But also if any fluids or mess was created this would then be a simple task of just wiping the contents off due to the easy-wipe texture which this product offers.

We then included a reinforced bulkhead to make it impossible for any passenger to gain access to the cab whilst travelling on the vehicle and to give staff members an extra sense of security.

To keep passengers comfortable we decided to include Phoenix Blenheim seats trimmed in Vinyl so that the seats are able to withstand everyday wear and tear.

Finally, to allow wheelchair access on to the vehicle we installed an internal tail-lift by BraunAbility.

HMP receive new Prisoner Transfer Vehicle

We are pleased to announce the delivery of East Yorkshire Community Transports new minibus on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. Their brand new Mercedes Sprinter will hit the roads of East Yorkshire to provide a vital link that connects many disadvantaged and geographically isolated people to the services and facilities they need.

East Yorkshire CT's stunning Mercedes Sprinter

We took out the Vauxhall Movano a few weeks ago to see how it handles in the snowy hills before we delivered it to our customer in Inverness. We can safely say the Movano was built to withstand conditions and breezed through the snow and made it look like a piece of cake!

Vauxhall Movano

We can happily announce another delivery on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport have received their brand new Mercedes Benz Sprinter accessible minibus. The new addition will help this great organisation to continue providing support to the elderly residents in their community. Their daily schedule consists of trips to the hospital (to make sure residents don’t miss their appointments), visiting shops and transporting passengers to social activities. Keep up the great work! #ctminibusfund

Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport

We are glad to announce the delivery of Lothian Community Transport Services’ accessible minibus. Their brand new Peugeot Boxer will help expand the organisations current fleet which is one of the oldest community transport projects in the UK and will help them to keep providing a high quality, accessible and affordable minibus hire to not-for-profit organisations in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

We hope you enjoy it! #CommunityTransport #ctminibusfund

Lothian Community Transport receive their new accessible Peugeot Boxer

Delighted to announce the welcomed delivery of Chain-Care in Hungerford’s Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund Mercedes Sprinter, which will hit the roads of Hungerford to keep providing residents with transport to medical appointments, lunch clubs, shops and on outings around their local area. Keep up the great work!

Chain-Care in Hungerford's brand new Mercedes Sprinter

We can happily announce the delivery of Age UK Selby’s brand new Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. Their new minibus will allow this great charity to keep on providing vital services to the local elderly residents which will help to provide support, services, advice and information. Keep up the great work!

Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund

We can happily announce the much welcomed delivery of Community Transport in Tower Hamlets’ accessible minibus on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus fund. Their new Fiat Ducato will expand this organisation’s current fleet and allow people the opportunity to carry on providing a range of services which span from assisting people with learning and/or physical disabilities, providing social care for the elderly and giving people the opportunity to take part in leisure and sports activities. #ctminibusfund

Tower Hamlets CT post

We were delighted to announce the delivery of St Helens Community Transport’s Volkswagen Crafter accessible minibus on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. The SCT are involved in many different initiatives and operate a number of projects including Special Needs School Contracts, United Reform Fellowship and Gabriel Care shopping shuttle. Keep up the great work!

St Helens Community Transport Handover

We’re happy to announce the delivery of East Hull Community Transport’s Mercedes Benz Sprinter accessible minibus on behalf of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. The minibus will add to their existing fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles, meaning residents have a way of attending appointments at hospitals, doctors & dentists. But more importantly it is a service which allows people to keep in touch with friends and family whilst having a trip down to the shops.
We hope you enjoy it!

Community Minibus Fund

We are happy to announce the delivery of Age Concern Chalgrove’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter accessible minibus as part of the Department for Transport Community Minibus fund. The minibus will play a crucial role in being able to transport less mobile elderly residents to and from the village hall, race days and other outings which this wonderful club arrange. We hope they enjoy it!

Wheelchair Accessible Minibus handover post

Community Transport 17 has recently received the keys to their new minibus as part of the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. They are an organisation based in Sheffield which allows elderly and disabled residents to move about their local area with little hassle. #ctminibusfund

The Genesis Orwell Mencap charity received their new minibus funded by the Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund. This will help this amazing charity to continue their great work by allowing them to transport disadvantaged people around the local area to enjoy participating in their favourite activities such as visiting leisure centres, swimming pools, bowling alleys and shopping centres.

We hope you enjoy it! #ctminibusfund

Holsworthy Rural Community Transport has now received their new Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund vehicle. Their new minibus can get straight into action providing community transport for Holsworthy and the surrounding rural areas. #ctminibusfund

We can happily announce Lawrence Weston Community Transport have received their Department for Transport Minibus Fund vehicle. The minibus will take to the streets and be helping disabled and elderly residents see the local beauty and interesting attractions in their area. #ctminibusfund

CTLA receives their new Department for Transport Community Minibus Fund vehicle. CTLA’s aim is to meet the needs of the public which public transport sometimes can’t; this involves door to door collection of elderly and disabled residents so that they can have the opportunity to enjoy their local area. We hope you enjoy it! #ctminibusfund

We were delighted to take part in the delivery of Market Harborough Community Transport’s minibus which was funded as part of the Department for Transport Community Minibus scheme. Market Harborough provide an invaluable service to their local residents by offering a means of transport to local shops and popular attractions in the area. #ctminibusfund

Rame Community Transport Service and Saltash Community Transport have both received their Department for Transport Community minibus which are ready to hit the South West roads in order to carry on providing an excellent service to the elderly and disabled residents situated in the area. #ctminibusfund

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