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Council cash helps spread the mini bus word

Published on Monday, 21st January 2019

Council cash helps Thirsk mini bus association

A community minibus association has received a cash boost to help spread the word and publicise its use and the services it provides.

With the help of a grant of £4,800 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’, Thirsk District Community Minibus Association has used the cash to update IT equipment and software and to purchase marketing banners and signage.

The association provides affordable community transport to Thirsk, Sowerby and the surrounding villages, particularly to those in need including the young, disabled and older residents.  It can be booked to help access shopping, social activities, healthcare appointments or by sports clubs for transport to matches.

“But we want to help even more,” said Alexandra Little, Office Manager.

“We want to help the isolated members of our communities who are in the outlying villages and are at higher risk of social isolation.  The grant will not only help us share our services more efficiently but also enable more people access our provision electronically.”   

  • Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from ongoing cost savings that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live.    And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.