DD On The Road Again
Disability Direct is pleased to confirm it has received notification from The Community Transport Association (CTAUK) that it will receive a brand new wheelchair accessible 12 seater minibus for the benefit of disabled people, older people and community groups in Derby. The mini bus will be purpose built for the needs of disabled people and will include a tail lift and removable seats. Delivery of the minibus will take place between September and December 2017.
CTAUK administers applications on behalf of The Department of Transport. Disability Direct made the application in January this year with a view to enhance existing and future projects within the charity.
Claire Whitehead, project worker for the Fast Forward project which supports young disabled people and older people is over the moon with the news ‘We provide activities and workshops for disabled youngsters and older people all over Derby and we have really struggled getting people to and from the venues’.
Despite the issues the project has had with transport they still managed to support over 150 people last year but Claire explained how some people struggle to get there ‘We ask that people make their own way to the activities, but some of the older people really struggle without support so we help where we can but wheelchair users have to make their own way as we cannot physically get them in the cars”. Claire continues ” This mini bus is going to make the world of difference to so many people. We’re all very excited’.
Amo Raju, CEO of Disability Direct is delighted with the news ‘The trustees were just about to start a board meeting when I received an email confirming the award. We look forward to supporting our service users with transport to and from our much needed projects.’
Last year the charity along with other community groups in the city lost local authority and CCG funding and strives to support smaller groups who have are struggling with limited resource.
Amo continued – ‘The great thing about this minibus is that we will be able to extend use to other local community groups. A real win for Derby’s voluntary sector indeed!’
Further information about the lease of the mini bus will be available nearer the time of delivery.