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Bungay Community Transport on move

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:41 01 August 2010

BECCLES and Bungay Community Transport is celebrating a move to new premises with greater space, extra vehicles and the capacity to supply more voluntary support to those who need it.

BECCLES and Bungay Community Transport is celebrating a move to new premises with greater space, extra vehicles and the capacity to supply more voluntary support to those who need it.

BACT, as it is known, has relocated to Harmony House in Hillside Road East, Bungay, to share a site with New World Music and Klauke.

Recently the voluntary group has taken on a new contract to provide transport in and our of the Dell day care centre in Beccles.

The addition of a Suffolk County Council vehicle has also meant BACT is now managing two minibuses, a wheelchair accessible van and around 45 volunteers who drive their own cars and provided vehicles.

Debbie Blowers, office manager for BACT said: “Life in community transport is as busy as we have known it. Thanks to our volunteers who give their time so generously BACT covers over 300,000 miles a year transporting in excess of 52,000 passengers a year.”

The community car service is available to anyone, young or old, with or without disability for which no private car or suitable public transport is available.

Volunteers transport people for shopping, for medical appointments and to link with the nearest public transport services among many other requests.

The wheelchair accessible vehicle for passengers who cannot transfer out of a wheelchair is essential for many people who attend day care centres.

Groups that use the minibus service includes Holmwood residential care home, Royal British Legion, Beccles Sea Cadets, Apollo youth club, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, among many others.

BACT also runs a two day a week dial a ride service, which operates a door to door service taking people shopping and for outings, to local shows, garden centres etc.

Arthur Fisher, chairman of BACT said: “We are always looking for more volunteers to either drive our minibus or wheelchair accessible vehicle, or their own cars or as a passenger assistant to help with our dial a ride service as we never have enough.”

BACT thanked New World Music and Little Beck Properties for enabling such a smooth move to the new premises.

“We are very happy with our new offices and really feel part of the community now” said Mrs Blowers.

“We now have our own meeting/training room, which is great for our committee meetings, training sessions and private meetings.”

BACT will be holding its AGM on June 17 at 7.30pm at their new office

If you would like to become a volunteer, or you know of anyone who would benefit from the services, telephone 01986 896896/895665, go to the website www.bbact.co.uk or email bact@btconnect.com.

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