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Councillor Grants helps put Community Mini Bus on the Road

Intagr8 Mini Bus

Eight Torridge Councillors have collectively pooled £10,000 of Community Grant money from their respective ward allocations to help purchase a mini bus for a Community Outreach Programme. The "Opening Doors" project run by  intagr8 based in Bideford was set up to provide much needed transport for clients and their families who have sought help for mental health or addiction problems. The idea behind the scheme was to support people with transport to help them get to therapy sessions, theatres, sports centres, organised walks or other events as part of an approach to helping them deal with their health issues.

Since the project was launched the use of the mini bus has expanded far beyond the 120 or so clients Intagr8 were originally supporting. Recent use of the bus have included taking young carers on excursions, helping get people to markets at the weekends and offering the use of the bus to the wider community across Torridge. The bus has 17 seats and disabled access and ramps and so is suitable for many different uses.

One of the fund contributors District Councillor and Bideford Mayor Dermot McGeough said:

"This is a great example of Councillors from across the political spectrum getting together to support a really worthwhile community initiative. Rachel has done an excellent job in getting this project off the ground and her and her co-workers passion is making a real difference in peoples lives. The bus has already been put to good use since it was purchased and will be a valuable community asset for many years to come" 

Rachel Raper - Founder of Intagr8 said:

"We really want to thank the Councillors who along with Bideford Town Council made the idea of having a mini bus a reality. It means that not only can we use it to take people to various events, which they may have struggled to attend in the past, but we can also address the rural isolation that we come across and travel out to people as well. We want to continue to make the mini- bus as widely available as possible to community groups across the Torridge area and would encourage anyone with a need to contact us."

Torridge Councillors Brenton, Johns, Davis, Eastman, Julian and Simon and Tony Inch also donated money to the purchase. Community groups or not for profit enterprises in the Torridge area who have a transport need can contact Intagr8 on 01237 477363 or email  admin@intagr8.net

Picture L-R Councillor McGeough, Rachel Raper, TDC Deputy Leader Councillor Hurley, Intagr8 Volunteers and Clients

20 June 2017