minibus 1We are fundraising to purchase a Wheelchair Accessible Minibus.



We have highlighted several points which express a need for this facility in our area.

  • In January 2013, a feasibility study, funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, was carried out that highlighted the need for a community minibus for the Broxtowe area.
  • There is not a local supermarket in Stapleford and the public transport bus (510) to Tesco Toton only runs once an hour and is not a door to door service.
  • People have reported to us that they have to shop locally due to transport issues and that this is more expensive and they have less choice.
  • Our monthly day trips will be able to be reduced in costs and therefore appeal to more people, we could run trips more frequency and it would be cost effective to do local trips for example Wollaton Hall, Attenborough Nature Reserve, etc.
  • On a Thursday we would use it for The Helpful Bureau’s activities and lunch club, this will free up 50% of our drivers to take other clients to high priority requests, such as medical appointments.


Minibus purchase inc VAT             -           £19,995

Signage inc VAT                              –           £222

Total                                                  -           £20,217


The manager and Trustees are actively seeking funding on a regular basis and further funding applications are being submitted. Fundraising is ongoing on a regular weekly basis, with one off events planned.

If you would like to donate to this cause please click on the donate button which will take you to our paypal account. Please mark the reference MINIBUS.



Grants have been obtained from several funders including: The Rank Foundation, The ACT Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund, Co-op Local Community Fund and East Midlands Airport Community Fund.

The Rank Foundation

The ACT Foundation


The Foyle Foundation







So far we have raised: £11,652.00


Through our work, older people will lead a healthier lifestyle:

People who access our services will be able to maintain a good standard of living, therefore improving quality of life .They will be given peace of mind, knowing that there is help when it is needed.  They will feel supported and safe and this promotes well-being both physically and mentally, and prevents the need for other more costly services.

People will be more connected to their local communities:

This service will help people to feel less vulnerable in the community.

People are encouraged and supported to access local community and social groups to keep active and socialise.

We would be able to hire out to local schools and other voluntary organisations should they need it, thus allowing for more partnership working within our community.

By using volunteers to deliver this project it will harness the strengths of older people who are making the transition into retirement or from caring roles by enabling them to contribute to improving the lives of more isolated older people living within their community.

Older people remain living safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible:

We will encourage people to make the most of their later years and enable them to access the right support when they need it. We will focus on preventative services for conditions that often affect people in later life, including falls prevention and depression by helping them get out and about more and by joining other support groups.

People can have better access to services and support groups, socialise and be less isolated.

People will be able to shop more cost effectively and have more choice.

Older people are able to get the appropriate care and support, at the right time:

Through regular contact with our organisation,

Carers are more supported and it allows people who cannot access public transport to access opportunities which would otherwise be denied to them.

Our drivers report on any problems or concerns which can be acted upon to ensure that people get what they need as soon as possible.



The Helpful Bureau already has over 17 years’ experience of running a successful volunteer transport scheme and 3 years of running a MPV wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Detailed records are kept on all clients, a data base is in operation and regular reports will be given to the Manager and Management Committee.

Bookings will be recorded on numbered booking sheets and entered into a diary.

Our drivers will be recruited from the local community and offered MIDAS training.  Each driver provides two references and is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

We also offer drivers Dementia Friends training and First Aid training.

We are registered with Beeston Volunteer Bureau to promote driver vacancies.

We are registered with the Community Transport Association.

We will encourage clients to feedback on what difference the work we do has had on their lives and record this.

The service will be promoted through our Information Packs, Social Media, free local magazines, Signage on the minibus, Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, health professionals and word of mouth.