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National Loneliness Week June 2022

June 17, 2022

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As the UK recognises National Loneliness Week, (13-17 June) ECT is making journeys possible for vulnerable and isolated older people to get out and about. With depots across the UK, ECT's fleet of community Plus Buses gives people access to transport they wouldn’t otherwise have, meaning they can make their lives better by meeting friends and family, and crucially get to essential services like their doctor or the shops - even their nearest ATM. 

Loneliness affects 1.4million older people in the UK and is now widely recognised as a major issue. John Chester, CEO says:  “We can all experience loneliness, and for those without a car, less able to jump on a bus or who feel nervous about using public transport the feelings of isolation can build up. Being able to visit friends or get to the shops keeps us active, connected and healthy.  Our Plus Bus service helps people to do that.”

With local bus services facing cuts or closure access to travel can be challenging for those who can’t confidently access public services. As bus routes continue to feel the squeeze ECT can step in and help those with no access get to where they want to be.

The charity, established in 1979 operates in Cheshire, Ealing and Dorset and is a pioneer of direct response community travel for vulnerable and older people who can’t get to a mainstream transport, either because their services have been stopped or they aren’t confident or have mobility requirements.  ECT offers a door-to-door service for individuals and community groups.

John explains: “Our Plus Bus is for people who can’t use public transport, or their own, or maybe they aren’t confident using mainstream services, or they have mobility requirements, or simply need some extra help to start their journey. You can register by calling the office. You can travel with us for £5 return, or use your national bus pass - and bring a companion too. You’d be surprised how many people out there don’t realise how we can help them, and we’d like to change that.”


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