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Bus Buddy Scheme Gets into Gear

Published Thursday, 21 August 2014

Senior residents in Ribble Valley are invited to hop aboard the borough council’s new Bus Buddy scheme for two day trips in September.

Bus Buddy encourages older people to use buses, shows them how to get the most out of their NOW card, encourages companionship and overcomes isolation.

The scheme’s first trip to Skipton on 6 August was well-attended and future trips include Preston on 3 September  and Southport on 24 September.

Bus Buddy 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 the first trip was very well received.”

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.

Further details are available from Dilys day on 01200 414549.

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