We have been so encouraged by the many organisations both local and national willing to offer their support for the new bus. Our most recent was a wonderful post-Christmas surprise in the form of a cheque for £5,000 from the Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation. They are a local charity who support many organisations across Dorset, a number of which we partner with to run projects from the bus. We are so grateful for this recent boost, as it brings us to the target figure needed to refurbish the new bus.
Well, while charities have been incredibly generous in offering funds for a new bus, it has been somewhat harder to maintain funding for ongoing running costs. As such we need to boost these so as to demonstrate stability of operations for the continued success of the charity. We are undertaking a significant fundraising push as we are in desperate need for the new bus which feels so close to hand now. If there is any way in which you or a local organisation or company could assist with this effort then we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Just prior to Christmas, we received the wonderful news from Morrisons in Verwood stating that they are happy to support us with funds for a new bus. In fact they were so supportive they presented us with a cheque for £16,500. We are so grateful for this local recognition from such a large company,and will make sure that their mascot ‘Morris’ the bear will have the first opportunity to drive the new bus! Thank you so much Morrisons.
After months of planning we have finally launched an exciting new project in Verwood Skatepark. The bus will be there every Friday night from 7:30pm – 9pm, and will be offering out free cheese toasties and hot chocolate to teenagers who come aboard. The team come from all over the area including Verwood, Edmonsham, and even as far as Bournemouth and Poole. They all have a vision to support young people through what can be a tricky time of life. The first 3 months of this project have been kindly funded by Synergy Housing association, and assuming it is the success we hope, the plan is to secure funding for a regular session beyond February 2016.
Coach in the Community has received the wonderful news that the Beatrice Laing Trust are offering us £2,500 towards the refurbishment of a new bus. This means we have crossed the half way goal towards our target figure of £35,000. We are most grateful to the trust for their generosity, particularly as they offer charitable support to some of the most worthy causes both in the UK and abroad.
If you would like to come on board with us in our push to raise the remaining £16,500 then please get in contact with any ideas, as we would love to hear from you.
We have just received news that Persimmon Homes Community Champion scheme are very kindly donating £1,000 towards the refurbishment of a new bus.
Persimmon build houses throughout the country and have launched a charitable arm to their company this year, choosing to support local community projects that are considered to be ‘good causes’. We are most grateful for this encouraging and generous donation.
The Coach in the Community has become a popular and successful part of many projects in our local villages and towns, and continues to gather interest and bookings from new groups. However, because it gets so much use our much loved bus is in need of some TLC, so we are focusing our energies on raising funds for this. If anyone would like to join us on this mission then we would be very keen to hear from you. If you are a child or teenager who knows the bus and wants to do some fundraising over the long summer holidays, then please drop us an email. There are loads of creative and fun ways to raise money which don’t involve rattling a collection box, so if you need inspiration don’t hesitate to ask. Or if you are a little older and are running an event, aiming to give any profits away to a worthy, local charity then we would love to hear from you too.
New drivers wanted for our fantastic double-decker bus. Don’t worry if you have never driven anything bigger than a Fiat Punto or Panda, we provide all the training you will need. That said, if you happen to have a PSV license then all the better, as you will only need to undertake our basic induction training.
As the project has expanded we are seeking volunteer drivers to take the bus to and from the various Partnerships. It is entirely up to you how often you would like to undertake journeys, but our current drivers do on average 4 journeys a month. That said, it is entirely up to you how much you sign up for and this could vary from month to month depending on your desires. If you are at all interested, or indeed know someone who may be then please call Bethany Turner on 07958530904.
On January 19th 2015 a new project manager took over from Lewis, who is now fully engaged in his training for ordination (amongst all the other responsibilities he holds in the community).
Having recently moved to the area, Bethany Turner is rapidly learning how to juggle the varied responsibilities involved with the bus. To date this has ranged from a swift lesson in the mechanics of a generator, to meeting the Bishop of Salisbury, and a host of things imbetween! She is thoroughly enjoying this new role and has received a great welcome from the local community.
Position: Project Manager
Organisation: Coach in the Community (part of WOTS)
Salary: £13,000 – £15,000 (20hrs per week)
Coach in the Community is an imaginative youth and community work project, part of the Wimborne Deanery’s vision for reaching out to young people and the wider communities amongst the villages and towns of this mainly rural area. The specially-modified bus provides an exciting venue wherever it goes!
CITC began in April 2013, a new expression of the Word on the Street (WOTS) project.
We wish to appoint a Project Manager to oversee and develop this innovative venture.
Our Project Manager will be:
able to encourage and resource volunteer workers and drivers.
proficient – and flexible – in responding to the varied demands made by a growing project.
a skillful youth and community work practitioner.
confident working both within and outside faith-based settings.
excited by communicating the Christian message through both words and actions.
Closing Date: Monday 20th October 2014
Please download an application pack from
For more information please contact Nigel Cooke
phone: 01425 654162
Location: The Project Manager will work from home but will need to be within easy reach of Project partnerships based around East Dorset and South Wiltshire.
Interview Date: Thursday 30th October 2014
An application pack can be downloaded below