To Provide four specialised minibuses for the use of older people and people with disabilities to access our community. We want to purchase the specialised minibuses to support older people and people with disabilities to socialise, meet people and participate in various activities in our community, e.g. care and support groups centres, day centres, leisure, social and faith gatherings (such as sport centres, lunch clubs, and churches),
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1052978)
Our organisation wants to provide four new specialised minibuses to meet the needs of older people and people with disabilities (i.e. visually impaired, mentally and physically disabled) in the community, who are, ‚Ä¢ Socially deprived. ‚Ä¢ Have transport accessibility problem; ‚Ä¢ Geographically isolated and excluded, The specialised minibuses are needed at this time to address the problems and needs of our people within the community in Eastleigh Borough, where there are over 7,568 people with restricted mobility (2001 Census published in Hampshire County Council Task Note 5: Assessing the Need for Community Transport Sept 2002) and 22,649 older people (in Live long and Better in Eastleigh 2008-2010). Our Organisation is providing community transport services to older and disabled people in the areas where the conventional transport providers failed to reach. Presently the organisation is using four 8yr old minibuses purchased through the Big Lottery Community Fund in 2001 and which are reaching the end of their life span because of continuous community usage; hence the need to purchase four new ones to provide safe and convenient transport service to these people. The Objective 1. To provide new specialised, safe and convenient minibuses to support older people and people with disabilities to socialise and participate in various activities in the community, e.g. care and support groups centres, care and rehabilitation support groups, day centres, leisure, social and faith gatherings (such as sport centres, lunch clubs, and churches), 2. To improve these people‚Äôs sense of personal wellbeing; alleviate distress, isolation and loneliness through the use of the specialised minibuses, which is adapted to their needs; 3. To provide a cost effective, efficient and safe minibuses for the use of older people and people with disabilities in the community. Use of the Minibus These specialised minibuses will be adapted to the needs of the service users. For example, each bus will have one low entry way door (which makes it easy for older people to go into the bus), a rear entry ramp for easy access to wheelchair, convenient and comfortable seats (for user‚Äôs comfort and convenience). Each will accommodate 5 wheelchairs, for the use of people with physical disabilities. Our organisation provides support to every user of our buses and respects their dignity and choice. The transport department will put the specialised minibuses into use as follows: a. Day Care Centres: The older people and people with disabilities will be supported to Day Centres and care and support groups where they can meet people, have lunch and get involved with a variety of social activities. b. Care and Rehabilitation Support groups: The bus will support people with physical and mental disabilities to their various support groups where they can have physical and mental health therapy and support. c. Leisure and Social Centres: The minibus will support these people to leisure, social and faith gatherings to be able to socialise and meet other people d. Shopping centres ‚Äì The minibus will support these people to go shopping and care for themselves. Outcomes The present project will have positive impact on older people, the disabled and their families within our community because at the end of the year, ÔÉò There will be increased older people and people with disabilities participation in various community services/activities, which will reduce their loneliness and social exclusion, ÔÉò There will be improved physical and mental health of older people and people with disabilities through their access to care and support groups, ÔÉò There will be improved, reliable and available transport services to older people and people with disability living in geographically isolated areas and poor existing transport link areas. The Vehicle Cost: The total cost of four new specialised minibus is ¬£264,360 (each bus cost ¬£66,090.00). However, the organisation has secured a fund of ¬£24,046.00 from Hampshire Primary care Trust as part funding for the minibuses. The organisation is still left with a balance of ¬£240,310 to be able to buy 4 new buses. We are therefore requesting for donations from individuals, foundations/trusts bodies and corporate organisations to be able to purchase these specialised minibuses for the use of our older people and people with disabilities in our community. Pls. donate now.
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