We have recently teamed up with The Victoria Education Centre, to work with the students to familiarise them with the layout of buses and the procedures they need to follow to enable them to use public transport, without the stresses of having to deal with other members of the public at the same time.
On Wednesday the 18th March 2015, one of our Driving Standards team took a single decker bus to the school and met the teachers and the group of students. We talked about how to board a bus, pay for a ficket find a seat etc before they went for a drive around the block. This helped the students gain some valuable experience of bus travel.
On completion of the visit, each student was presented with a certificate of achievement, a More pen and magnet. This was extremely well received and it was felt that the visit was extremely beneficial. As a team, Driving Standards are very keen to continue working with the school to continue building the confidence of the students when using public transport.
As a large, recognisable organisation in Poole & Bournemouth we are very proud to raise awareness and funds for local children’s hospice Julia’s House.
Julia’s House, in Corfe Mullen, is dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across the county and in south Wiltshire. It’s dedicated team of nurses and carers supports parents and siblings by providing respite care, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes.
We regularly take part in charity days such as ‘Time for Tea’ and providing buses for Dorset’s annual ‘Plane Pull’. Recently we also covered the rears of two of our buses to raise awareness about Julia’s House lottery campaign.
Blind Children UK helps local youngsters with vision impairment live independent lives. Part of this is the ability to travel on public transport.
We are keen to ensure our vehicles are accessible to all, and part of that is helping those who have a vision impairment familiarise themselves with the buses. Getting on and off buses, with a long cane, is a challenging exercise - so being able to practice without the pressure of other passengers onboard is important.
Recently some of the children had private access to our buses at our station in Poole, so that they could explore the layouts and discover the differences between our single and double decker buses.
Jen Longair of Blind Children UK states, “This is an excellent opportunity for those we help to come and learn about buses, their layouts and the best seats to choose in order to alert drivers when they wish to get off. We’re also able to teach them how to identify the correct buses to catch. Without this extra support from morebus, introducing bustravel to our young people - and helping them to travel independently - would be very difficult indeed.”
To mark the centenary anniversary of Wilts & Dorset bus company we have launched a limited edition book detailing the past 100 years of operation.
100 years of service is something we don't often get chance to celebrate, author Chris Harris has documented year by year the history of Wilts & Dorset in this fantastic book.
Not only do we learn about the people, the buses and the routes but other events during the 100 years from the second world war to deregulation.
The book is now available to buy from the more travel shop in Poole Bus Station, price £33.
Alternatively you can order your copy from our customer services team on 01202 338420 and we can arrange to have these posted out to you. Postage charge of £2.50 applies for (Royal Mail Second Class delivery)
All profits from book sales will go to the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal charity.
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