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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Sheppey Support Bus continues to meet the ever-growing needs of young people and families in the local community, highlighted by recent report

Sheppey Support Bus continues to meet the ever-growing needs of young people and families in the local community, highlighted by recent report

The pioneering work of the Sheppey Community Development Forum has become a crucial service for family support on the Isle of Sheppey

An urgent overhaul of children’s social care in England is needed to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable young people and as part of this, ‘A Revolution in Family Help’ is essential, a government-commissioned review has concluded.

James McAlister, who has led the Independent Review of Children's Social Care since 2021, states boldly that “there is not enough help for families: resources available for help and support are limited and vary significantly between areas”. McAlister’s research comes at a time when the impact on vulnerable families of the pandemic, rising poverty and the cost-of-living crisis are higher than ever before. He finds, “When we channel our efforts and resources into getting alongside families and providing help, it helps children. More help for families means more children staying safely at home, doing better at school, being physically and emotionally healthy, and ultimately achieving their potential”.

One community-built initiative, working tirelessly to even the scales and counteract the difficulties of a post-pandemic world with higher prices and less income is the Sheppey Support Bus, a project we are so pleased to play our part in. The Sheppey Support Bus is a unique project developed over the past 2 years, designed to meet the needs of local people after the coronavirus pandemic where they have become even more apparent. The community bus, donated by local company Travelmasters, has been travelling around the Sheppey community since its official launch in September of last year, providing food and other crucial services to those most in need, in return for a minimal fee to families.

A community-built and led project at its heart, the Sheppey Support Bus has amassed a growing number of users over its months running and in recent months, has extended its services to provide fuel vouchers for those struggling to heat their homes. Oasis Community Learning founder Rev Steve Chalke says of the project: “This bus is like no other!  Downstairs is a social supermarket, and on the top deck we bring together all number of other agencies.”

 

If you would like to find out more about the services of the Sheppey Support Bus, and enquire about becoming a member, visit their Facebook page.