The volunteers at the Isle of Wight Bus Partnership were delighted to welcome a very special guest to their premises in late July. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent met the volunteers and presented them with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service during his visit to the Island on July 20th and 21st. After the presentation, His Royal Highness met volunteer drivers and regular users of the bus service, who were able to describe the important service they provide to rural communities on the island.
The Isle of Wight Bus Partnership was formed in 2011 when it was necessary for the council to cease funding uneconomic rural routes. A partnership was quickly formed between the Council, Southern Vectis Buses and the volunteer group. Volunteers stepped in to drive the buses and have continued to do this for the last 10 years, with even the Mayor and local councillors getting involved. The service has been a lifeline to people in rural areas and a great example of community spirit!
“The the partnership provides an invaluable service to isolated residents – we have had countless positive comments about how helpful the drivers are.”Leader of the Council Lora Peacey-Wilcox