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Bluestar Community Fund helps Southampton Mencap

137 days ago Fri 8th Mar 2019

Members of Mencap and Bluestar


Bluestar is working with Southampton Mencap to help children, young people and adults with a learning disability travel across the city by bus.

The local operator is providing bus passes to trainers, as part of its Community Fund, so they can accompany vulnerable passengers in their care on journeys.

“Southampton Mencap does an excellent job, operating a number of well-established evening and weekend club activities - and support for those wishing to access mainstream childcare and play settings,” said Bluestar operations manager, Andy Shaw.

“All this offers great opportunities for those with learning disabilities to socialise and have fun. And it benefits families and carers too, by giving them short breaks from their caring responsibilities.

“As an established part of the Southampton community, we at Bluestar are delighted to be able to help by providing free travel to those working for such a worthy cause.”

Southampton Mencap’s Elly Iles added: “We would like to thank Bluestar for this generous funding. Southampton Mencap runs a number of social clubs and day services for people with learning disabilities and additional needs, and one of the things our members love to do the most is access leisure opportunities in the city. With the use of these cards, we can ensure they are able to travel safely with the support of our hardworking team of staff and volunteers”

Bluestar’s Community Fund is a dedicated resource for backing local causes with funding, marketing help, free travel or the use of its buses for events.

The Community Fund is open to applicants all year round, with Bluestar funding and support donated during January and July. To apply for the operator’s July 2019 allocation, groups should visit Bluestar’s Community Fund and provide details about their cause, what they need, and the difference this support might make to their organisation.

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