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Project information

Mobile Playbus in Rural Areas

The Community Bus is a converted double decker playbus that targets isolated, disadvantaged families giving them opportunities to meet up for play, learning and information. We seek funding for holiday playschemes to bring local children together to combat rural isolation.


Charity information: The Community Bus

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  • Need


    The children who will benefit from the grant live in rural villages in Bath & NE Somerset where we know there are low-income isolated families. This grant will help to address social inclusion by bringing children and young people together. The children we support are generally disadvantaged by a lack of access to transport and community facilities. As a result they suffer from a lack of opportunity to meet other children so are often lacking in social skills and emotional development.


    The playbus provides a base where community provision is poor. Qualified, experienced playworkers will facilitate quality play opportunities which will give local children a chance to play together and make friends. They will have the chance to learn new skills, participate in sports and games, create and play together, mainly outside.
    All activities are freely chosen and child-led.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce social isolation of children in rural villages


    » Run holiday playschemes for 5-13 year olds

    What success will look like

    Involve 400 children and young people in playschemes.

  • Impact


    Social interaction - opportunity to meet and make friends, co-operation, sense of community
    Physical activity - risk, challenge, boundary testing
    Intellectual stimulation - information, knowledge, inspiration
    Creative achievement - imagination, problem-solving, make-believe
    Emotional stability - security, consistency, safety
    Children and young people will be more confident, have better social skills, be healthier and feel more included in their local communities.


    The Bus is maintained to a high standard to avoid cancelling any sessions.


    Registration details and attendance records will be kept and reported to donors. Reports of activities and photos will be taken. Comments from the children will be recorded on scribbleboards at playschemes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Playschemes 24 sessions for 5-13 year olds
  • Background


    Rural villages in Bath and North East Somerset.


    Disadvantaged 5-13 year olds in rural locations in Bath & North East Somerset

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Community Bus has been providing mobile community services in Bath & North East Somerset since 1991. It has worked with many local agencies including statutory authorities, health and education services. It has a proven track record as an independent voluntary organisation delivering quality, popular family projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mel Clarke

    Administrator/Community Development

    Jackie Hails

    Senior Playworker/Community Development

    Maureen Brooks


    Teresa Simpson