“Our community outreach bus with Turning Tides is almost up and running but we have hit a small blockage as we don’t have a driver. The company who donated the bus said they would be able to help with this but unfortunately have been unable to do so. I wondered if you might be able to reach out to your community network of volunteer agencies and see if anyone might be interested? The bus is a vintage bus so might also appeal to someone who is interested in this (turning tides are reaching out to places like Amberley museum to see if any of their volunteers might be interested).
The bus will provide community outreach support in Mid Sussex and Horsham to rough sleepers or those insecurely housed. It will be Wednesdays in Mid Sussex going through the district, parking in our MSDC car parks and providing support including hot drinks and small meals, washing facilities, internet access as well as support with housing, benefit, health issues from Turning Tides staff.
The bus will not carry passengers (whilst moving) as support will be whilst its parked up and then clients would leave before it goes to the next location. The driver does not require any special licence due to the type of bus that it is and that it is not travelling with passengers. It will however be driving down Mid Sussex and Horsham’s country lanes and parking in our car parks in agreed spots so it will likely suit someone who is comfortable driving a large vehicle.
They are looking for a volunteer for only around 2 days a month (more could be done if they were interested). They do not need to interact with the clients but if they are interested to and helping that would be great as it builds the sense of community around the bus. There would however be no lone working with clients”.
If you do have any contacts who have volunteers who might be interested if you could forward them the bits above and Bex – Mid Sussex Outreach Manager’s email address: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org that would be amazing. Bex will then speak to them directly. If they want more info about Turning Tides that is available here: Home Page – Turning Tides (turning-tides.org.uk)