Project information

Equality Counts Bus

We want to help make local communities places where people get on well together regardless of their background. We want to do this by purchasing an accessible bus that can be used as a mobile information & display point to engage with people in their neighbourhoods on topics such as hate crime

Starting in April 2012 this will be ongoing

Charity information: Compass Disability Services

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  • Need


    There are a lot of good things about living in Somerset but there are also some things that people experience that aren't so good! Some of theses things include hate crime or discrimination because of their race, age, disability, faith/belief, sexual orientation or gender, rural isolation due to poor transport links or a lack of sense of belonging e.g. among migrant workers.


    Using a bus means that we could go to the neighborhoods where people live helping to tackle rural isolation and poor transport links. We would give out equalities information to people to help them better understand people from different backgrounds. As well as providing equalities information for people we would also give people an opportunity to discuss equalities issues that they feel need to be addressed. We would then collate & feed back the issues to the relevant organisations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds


    » Use the bus to engage with the public at local and regional events and distribute equalities information.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Annual work plan written as to where and when bus goes out, 2500 equalities leaflets given out annually. Conduct a service user survey.

    Aim 2

    Tackle the myths that surround the different equalities strands


    » Hold an annual week long ‘Equality Counts’ road show to raise awareness & give away free bags with info etc.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Week long road show held visiting 10 different locations across Somerset and 600 bags given out, 2500 equalities leaflets given out annually.

    Aim 3

    Engage with people who wouldn’t normally go to formal meetings on equalities topics


    » Once a month take the bus into a different neighborhood in Somerset & distribute equalities information to people.
    » Use the bus as a meeting place to consult with people and gather feedback on equality issues that affect them as & when commissioned.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...4 consultations on equalities issues commissioned and carried out annually.

  • Impact


    This project would enable us to facilitate grass-roots equality and diversity work in the neighbourhoods where people live. Over the course of the year we would expect to see an increase in community cohesion. We would carry out an annual survey to show this with all the people we have engaged with. The survey would ask questions like:
    • Have you been involved in making decisions in your neighbourhood over the last 12 months?
    • How well do people from different backgrounds get on together?


    There could be a low take up of people engaging with the project and of commissioners not taking up the opportunity to use the project as a way of consulting people that fall into the ‘hard to reach’ people category on equalities issues. To combat this we would ensure that there is a project work plan with milestones covering project set up, engaging with communities, marketing, monitoring and evaluating etc. The work plan would be reviewed at the bi-monthly senior team review meetings.


    We will provide an annual report to donors detailing all our activities or as per their requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 Vehicle For an adapted vehicle fit for purpose.
  • Background


    The project is based in Somerset and would be county wide. Somerset is a rural county with a population of approx 500000 and there have been growing challenges to community cohesion over the last couple of years due to its demographics e.g. class distinction and the number of migrant workers increasing. The 2008 Place Survey showed that ethnic minority groups have a lower sense of belonging and only 28% of respondents felt that they could influence decisions in their local area.


    This is an equalities project that is aimed at benefiting ethnic minority groups, migrant workers, gypsy and travelers, people with a faith or belief and others who fall into the equalities strands e.g. age, gender, sexual orientation, disability in order to strengthen local communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a strong track record in working to eliminate inequalities for all (not just in disability). This is evidenced in projects undertaken over the last 10 years including hosting the Forum for Equality Diversity in Somerset, putting on events such as One Somerset (made up of over 30 workshops and 100 exhibitors and stage performers that came together along with the general public to celebrate the different communities in Somerset) and the launch of a new Equality Network in Somerset.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Pitman - Chief Executive Officer

    Richard has worked as an advocate for disabled people, a development worker and is committed to tackling inequality across the board.