Bus Buddy Scheme for Ribble Valley Seniors

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Senior residents in Ribble Valley are invited to hop aboard a charabanc of fun thanks to the borough council’s new Bus Buddy scheme.

The scheme aims to encourage older people to use buses, show them how to get the most out of their NOW card, encourage companionship and overcome isolation.

It is being spearheaded by Ribble Valley Seniors’ Forum member and self-confessed “bus nut” Brian Holden.

Ribble Valley Borough Council partnership officer Dilys Day said: “We have developed the Bus Buddy scheme to help older residents get out and about and meet new people.

“Brian’s enthusiasm for the buses and the wonderful places they can access – all for free – is infectious and we are inviting older residents to join us for a charabanc of fun.”

The “bus buddies” will meet once a month at the Platform Gallery in Station Road, Clitheroe, for a quick briefing session, before setting off on a day trip.

Upon reaching the destination, participants will be free to do as they wish, whether shopping, sightseeing, or walking, before meeting for the return journey.

The first trip is to Skipton on Wednesday 6 August, meeting at the Platform Gallery at 11.00am. Future trips include Preston on 3 September and Southport on 24 September.

Further details are available from Dilys day on 01200 414549.