The Leuchie Bus - Making things accessable
Integrated health and social care is a real buzzword - but at Leuchie it's more than just a phrase - it's a way of life! Sadly - for people affected by one of the many long-term conditions we support - getting out and about is not always an option. The Leuchie bus means everything is accessible.
January 2016 - June 2016
Trips and outings are a key part of the experience offered to people when they stay at Leuchie for a respite break. Most see their time as a guest at Leuchie as a holiday - allowing their carer to have some respite - and they want to enjoy it as much as possible. Many are simply unable to get out to local attractions, to enjoy a lunch out, the cinema, shops, theatre - leaving them socially isolated for up to 50 weeks in the year.
Leuchie is able to offer everyone who stays the opportunity to go on several trips or outings during a respite break. This is possible through using specially adapted vehicles that can safely transport people with a range of wheelchairs - both manual and electric and of varying sizes - opening up the world to all of them. By ensuring we have an adapted minibus which can seat 4 wheelchairs and carers we can offer more trips and further reduce social isolation and increase individual well-being.
To purchase a new adapted minibus to seat a minimum of 4 wheelchairs and carers
Activities» Launch a Big Give project to secure one third of the funding required
» Apply for grants to secure a one third of the funding required
» Launch a community appeal - both locally and through social media - to raise the final balance
success will be purchasing the new minibus and being able to offer more choice to guests for trips and outings as a result
The project will ensure the continuation of our trips and outings programme.
There is a risk that if we don't raise sufficient funds to purchase a new adapted minibus, and our current older vehicle breaks down and is irreparable - we will have a period of time where we are limited to using one place adapted cars, thus having to limit the number of outings we can provide for people and reducing their social activities considerably.
We provide updates of our activities regularly via social media and our website - and for such a project would feature this support. Additionally project update reports would be sent to donors through our e-newsletter and Leuchie Life. Any changes would be advised directly to donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £20,000 Vehicle one third of purchase and modification of minbus
Leuchie House is based in East Lothian, providing respite breaks for people from throughout the UK,. It is the only centre providing this level of integrated health and social care in Scotland and the north east of England, providing over 6,000 respite days for people affected by a range of complex long-term conditions - and is a lifeline for them, their families and carers.
Over 500 respite breaks are provided annually, giving the people who stay, as well as their carers and family respite from their normal routine and caring role. Many tell us that without this quality break - where everyone is able to enjoy some 'me time' - they would not be able to continue living at home. The trips and outings support many local businesses and with the adapted bus we are able to visit more attractions on a regular basis - adding a boost to the local economy.
Leuchie House is the only centre of its kind providing a respite break with a full programme of social activities and outings underpinned by expert nursing care. This makes us a true example of integrated health and social care - which is paramount to the ongoing wellbeing of our guests and their families. Having become an independent charity only 4 years ago we are provide of the developments we have made and look forward to providing even more in the future.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Nicola is the Facilities Manager and has been with Leuchie for 13 years, Her experience will ensure the vehicle is maintained as required.
John has been a volunteer driver for 8 years and does the driver assessment training. John is local to the area and a Trustee of the charity.
Dave has been a driver for 6 years and as a local is able to add his knowledge of the area to guests when out on trips and outings
Scott has driven for 1 year and as a care assistant for 2 years previously understands the needs of guests from another perspective.