All Smiley Bus Awards
All Smiley Bus Awards
Active Hope supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people through a variety of our outdoor pursuits projects. Work focuses on long term support of the young people, boosting their self-esteem, self confidence and giving them a genuine sense of achievement. The Morgan Foundation has funded work in Grappenhall Hall School, a project which supports children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) to learn new skills, develop communication and teamwork skills and works towards them achieving work placements supporting primary school projects.
The Age Well Centre provides a range of activities, both social and educational, for the over 50s in a rural and isolated area. The aims are to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of members, improve social networks, develop intergenerational relationships within the community, provide advice and information and to offer volunteering and training opportunities.
Long term support for All Together Now! has been boosted by the provision of a Smiley Van to ensure efficient and speedy delivery of the 250,000+ issues of the disability newspaper All Together Now across the region.
Providing children with transport to and from the Centre and to outdoor pursuits activities, whilst on recreational breaks and personal development courses.
Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme supports children and young people with disabilities, parent carers, their families and siblings through activity clubs, holiday clubs and residential breaks. A 17-seater Smiley Bus is used to transport groups to activities and for residentials further away from home.
A voluntary group, Cheshire Penguins is a club for people with learning difficulties. It is a swimming club with plenty more than swimming, providing the chance to travel around the country and parts of Europe competing, working towards their independence by competing for themselves and travelling away without their parents, even to the extent where they can represent Great Britain. The other side of the club is about friendships and social networking, with approximately 80 members with learning disabilities, everyone can integrate with others at their level. Rather than sitting around at home, they not only swim but play table tennis, ten pin bowling, go to the pictures, shopping and ball room dancing and an annual holiday. A 17-seater bus has been granted to replace the 10 year old vehicle previously used by the club.
a fully adapted bus for disabled children holidaying at the farm, enabling them to access all facilities both on and off site.
Chrysalis provide holidays throughout the year for adults with varying degrees of learning disability. They mainly take place on Anglesey with a variety of different themes from music to outdoor pursuits. As well as people having a good holiday, meeting new people and learning new skills, they also provide respite for carers. The mini bus provided by Morgan will enable Chrysalis to continue to provide a mostly door to door service for everyone.
Established in 1998 CIL de Gwynedd provides services for disabled people from a large area of Gwynedd. CIL offers training and education for disabled people in information technology, basic life skills, art, music and sport. The centre also provides a safe and comfortable place for socialising and informal get-togethers. Members come from many rural and isolated communities and the provision of a Smiley Bus will ensure that a growing number of members can access services at Cil and its satellite centres across western Gwynedd.
Conwy Community Transport - Conwy
Conwy Community Transport is a daily provider of specialist transport and mobility services to vulnerable children and adults in Conwy. A personal door to door service with well-known trained volunteer drivers is provided, helping disabled, isolated children and older people to access services and facilities and to enjoy a better quality of life. The Morgan Foundation has provided half of the cost of two full adapted disabled minibuses to accommodate wheelchair users.
Dwyfor Travel Club
A voluntary run travel club for people with disabilities living in the rural area of Dwyfor. The club offers a drop-in for advice, a listening ear and help with almost any problem. It is also the provider of essential transport services, taking people to medical and other appointments, shopping, work and training and on social visits. It is a vital link, keeping an eye on people who may not be able to get out. An 8-seater minibus has been provided to ensure a growing number of members can access transport.
This Wrexham based charity provides out of school activities for children and young people who suffer from a disability, learning difficulty or life-limiting illness. A wide variety of social and leisure activities, plus various forms of training are offered. Assistance was originally given to enable Dynamic to establish and develop its services. Support for core costs continues, with funding of over £85,000 having been committed to date, plus the provision a fully adapted minibus to transport the youngsters to their various activities.
The addition of a fully accessible Smiley Bus to the Ellesmere Port and Neston Community Transport fleet has enabled this organisation to transport even more passengers and community groups who were previously unable to access the fleet’s conventional transport. EP&NCT provides a service to the whole community and brings members of registered groups to their regular meetings, including the Stroke Club, Aquadis, a swimming club for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as essential shopping trips, hospital and doctor’s appointments for the elderly and for people with limited mobility. Passengers like the cheerful interior colours and have christened the bus “Happy Bus”.
A voluntary community transport service, The Estuary Voluntary Car Scheme was established in 1995 to provide a community transport service to the elderly and infirm in an area covering the coast line from Holywell to Oakenholt and down to the Denbigh/Flintshire border. The majority of passengers are elderly and infirm, some living in isolated rural locations, others in town, but unable to make even the short distance to the doctor’s surgery or supermarket. The Morgan Foundation provided 75% of the cost of a 17-seater Smiley Bus adapted for wheelchair use to this voluntary community transport service.
The Harris Club for the Disabled (Speke)
The Harris Club for the Disabled (Speke) provides accessible transport to convey members to and from their homes for all social events. It gives members, drawn from areas south of Liverpool City centre, the opportunity to enjoy socials, day outings, shopping and theatre visits, together with an annual holiday.
Hinderton School is a community primary special school in Ellesmere Port for pupils aged five to eleven with autistic spectrum conditions and social communication needs. A 12-seater Smiley Bus will help pupils learn how to travel safely within a vehicle whilst developing their independence, social skills and coping with different environments.
Liverpool Homeless Football Club is a voluntary organisation which offers homeless men and women positive activities through sport and peer mentoring. It has an eleven-a-side team and hosts an annual 5-a-side league made up of 22 homeless organisations across Merseyside. Whilst the football played is competitive, the club's aims are to promote involvement, healthy living and provide help to re-build lives.
Mill Green is an Outstanding school catering for learners aged 14-19 with a wide range of learning needs including PMLD and ASD. The curriculum is based upon extending opportunities for learners and enhancing their living skills by accessing the wider community. This includes working with local business's & support agencies to build learner's independence for life outside of school. A 17-seater wheelchair accessible bus has been awarded to ensure pupils participation in community activities.
Millstead special needs school caters for children with a wide range of disabilities and needs, offering a broad, balanced and relevant education that leads to the fulfilment of each child's potential, within a caring environment that encourages and rewards an individual pupil's learning and achievements.
Netherley Youth and Community Initiative provide an informal, friendly and safe environment where young people can socialise whilst developing their skills and learning. They offer social welfare recreation, education opportunities and leisure provisions in the community with a view to improving quality of living. A Smiley Bus has been awarded to replace a redundant vehicle.
Based in the grounds of Woodford College on the outskirts of Winsford, the Neuromuscular Centre supports people suffering from muscular dystrophy, offering physical therapy, further education, plus training and employment opportunities in their own in-house graphic design company. A wheelchair accessible bus has been awarded to improve transport services for clients travelling to and from the centre.
Based in Nefyn in North West Gwynedd, O Ddrws I Ddrws Community Transport provides transport for elderly and disabled people living in the isolated rural areas of the Llyn Peninsular. The Morgan Foundation has provided 50% of the cost of a new wheelchair adapted 12-seater Smiley Bus.
A special needs school for pupils aged 11 to 16 years, The Observatory School works with pupils with complex psychological and behavioural difficulties. The 14-seater Smiley Bus has been jointly funded by the Friends of The Observatory School (FOTOS) and The Morgan Foundation and will be used for extra- curricular activities which enhance the self-esteem and confidence of pupils and give them access to experiences which improve their social skills and independence.
Orrets Meadow is an 'Outstanding' special school for children aged 5-11, who have an EHCP for SpLD and/or Social Communication Difficulties including Autism. Our aim is to re-awaken an interest in learning. The award of a Smiley Bus will enable us to provide even more activities that will give them confidence to fulfil their potential through positive experiences.
Oswestry Community Action (OCA) is a registered charity whose aim is to improve the quality of life of those members of society who are marginalised through age, disability or rural isolation. OCA provides several vital community transport services including Dial-a-Ride, a wheelchair accessible transport service enabling many elderly and disabled passengers to get to medical appointments, shops, day centres and to visit friends and relatives. The service is run by a dedicated team of volunteer drivers and escorts who provide an excellent, caring service to our passengers. The Morgan Foundation has provided 50% of the costs of a 17-seater wheelchair accessible minibus.