We are very fortunate at the Opportunity Centre to have our own fully accessible minibus. Funded by grants and local businesses, the minibus offers a door-to-door service for local children who do not have access to transport, meaning that everyone can come along and play!
Our driver and minibus escort are very much part of the team at The Opportunity Centre. We know for some children using the bus without a parent/carer can be a daunting prospect and the familiarity of seeing the same friendly staff each morning gives both the children and family the security they need. We assess each child for any needs they have when travelling on our minibus, considering their height and the suitability of our child seats. The bus is currently fitted with Group 3 forward facing car seats which are regularly checked for suitability and safety by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. We have a rear access tail lift which mean children with mobility needs can use the minibus without having to leave their wheelchair.
However, the most exciting part of having our own minibus is that it is available to use throughout the day, all week, so when the transport run is over, the minibus is used to go out and about in the community! Some of our favourite trips take us to Berry Hill Community Orchard, Wenchford, Beechenhurst, The Smallholding at The Orchard Trust and Clearwell Park, but best of all these day trips come at no extra charge to families!
All transport costs are heavily subsidised by our sponsors. Over the years we have been extremely grateful to the following organisations that have supported us;
Action for Kids
The Trust House Foundation
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
True Colour Trust, the Open House Trust
Image Signs & Print
Fives Acres Garage
Mark Monk Financial Consultancy
Our running costs currently stand at £99.00 per day and we are always looking for new organisations or businesses to help support us. We can add your logos to our bus which travels around the Forest of Dean daily, letting everyone know the good work your business does in supporting local families.