Community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays. This December, we’re going to be sharing the stories of our members who go above and beyond at Christmas.
Sue Leighton, SEDCAT
Every year we organise a Xmas outing for our members where they can get together, have a 3 course Xmas meal and of course door to door transport provided by our cheerful drivers who dress up as Santa and his Elves and hand out small gifts!
It has become increasingly popular and it is great to see how much the members value and enjoy it; we usually have 3 full buses and numbers of people wanting to join in seem to increase year on year. We introduced another Xmas event 2 years ago, touring around the Xmas lights in Bournemouth in the early evening and ending up with refreshments and mince pies at a local hotel. Our members are looking forward to both events again this year.
SEDCAT also helps the local churches transport homeless people on Xmas day to a venue where they can have a traditional Xmas meal. The driver is given details of the general location where a person may be sheltering and it has saddened us to hear of people sheltering in bushes and other ‘open’ spaces in the cold weather. It has taken a great deal of sensitivity on the driver’s part to coax people onto the bus so that they can have a hot meal and something warm to drink and allowed them to store their few belongings on the bus in safety.