St Philip and St James church in Bath has been awarded a new 17 seater minibus complete with full disabled access for its community transport scheme from the Ministry of Transport. The Church of England parish received its award from a £5 million fund together with 80 other community transport groups throughout the whole of the UK.
Vicar of St Philip and St James church, Revd Alan Bain, said, “We are thrilled to receive our new minibus. There was strong competition and it’s a tribute to the faithful work of our team here that the grant was awarded.”
St Philip’s local community transport scheme has been running from the church in Odd Down for over 20 years and provides transport to community groups who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. Presently there are 55 different groups using the scheme from disabled and elderly groups to summer camps for children and young people. The bus takes almost 5,000 passengers on over 300 journeys for almost 5,000 miles.
The new minibus will ensure that the scheme will continue for years to come and will provide mobility for those who most need it but can least afford it.
Revd Bain added, “We are grateful to the Ministry of Transport for the award and for the ongoing support from B+NES council community transport who help in the running costs. It’s important to us as a church that we continue to look outwards into the community and offer support where we can.”