Funding plea to Aviva from Berwickshire transport charity

Berwickshire Wheels and Borders Community Transport is hoping to be chosen by Aviva as one of the projects they would like to support to crowdfund.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 10:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 10:16 am

Borders Community Transport Services (BCTS) is a community transport (CT) service operated by Bavs providing essential, affordable and safe transport for vulnerable people resident in the Scottish Borders who cannot access transport for reasons of age, health, disability, rurality or poverty.

For people in Scottish Borders who need accessible transport, BCTS is the only option available.

This may be due to the lack of family support, specialised need or lack of public transport due to the rural nature of the area.

This means many vulnerable people who live alone, suffer considerable isolation with limited access to amenities and services.

The group requires funds to support its core operations or it will cease to function within a very short time.

Aviva has teamed up with Crowdfunder to give charities and community interest companies the opportunity to further build their capabilities.

The group said: “Funding will enable us to continue developing new support services working closely with shops, pharmacies and volunteer groups etc. despite not generating income to cover service costs.

“Our staff are delivering essentials and calling to maintain social connections for these people while knowing we may not be running after next month.

“We want to ensure these services are maintained during this difficult time.

“We would be extremely grateful as would all of our clients for any help received. This service means so much to many people and they would be lost without it.

“We would love to continue to support the most vulnerable within our communities.”

For more on Borders Comunity Transport, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BordersCT.