Staffordshire charity celebrates arrival of new minibus

Bosses at the North Staffs Carers Association have been celebrating the arrival of a new minibus.

The vehicle has been purchased thanks to £47,000 worth of funding from Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Community Investment Fund.

North Staffs Carers supports unpaid carers from the age of five upwards across North Staffordshire.

Many carers experience loneliness and isolation in their caring role.

The minibus will enable isolated carer and those in rural areas to be able to access and visit the Carers Centre, receive support and join in the many activities, events and workshops on offer to carers.

The minibus will also enable North Staffs Carers to take groups of carers out and about which will enable them to become more involved and feel more connected within their local communities.

Bosses at the charity say it will make a huge difference to how they operate.

Jane Harding, Chief Executive at the Carers Association, said: "It's exciting times for us. We've been waiting for this for so long; it's absolutely amazing.

"In a year we have just under six thousand people come to the carers centre, the majority from Stoke-on-Trent.

"Now with the minibus we can get the numbers up from those who live in Newcastle and the Moorlands, which we also serve."



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