The Centre for Youth & Community Development (CYCD) in Luton, Beds, has received a wonderful gift from Vauxhall: a 17-seater Vauxhall Movano minibus for the year. The purpose-built Movano minibus – which can also be booked by other local charities and organisations in Bedfordshire – provides comfortable, safe accommodation for 17 people. It’s fitted with inertia-reel safety belts tested to passenger-car standards on all of the seats, making it a safe option for moving people around in the community.
CYCD, now in its 33rd successful year, delivers services to people who would otherwise be at risk of social exclusion. They run an Ofsted-recommended pre-school, an elderly people’s lunch club and an advice centre. They advise 7,000 youngsters a year on drug and alcohol issues, plus they help Muslim young women reach their full potential and they provide help for young people with a disability.
For 21 years CYCD has also run the Crescent Summer School. Recently voted the ‘Winner Of Winners’ at the prestigious Luton Community Awards, the summer school offers a four week scheme each year where young people can participate in educational and recreational activities in a safe and friendly environment.
Donating the vehicle is part of Vauxhall’s regular community support work. Cherie Denton, our community relations officer, explains: “Transport is expensive for everyone and this donation will make it affordable for more people. CYCD has carried out exceptional work in the community. The minibus will be placed with them and they will have a booking system so that other charities in the county can benefit from this resource when it is not being used by CYCD.”
Delighted CYCD director Mir Juma says: “Vauxhall’s incredibly generous gift will make an enormous difference to us, transporting the very young to the very elderly, taking summer-school and youth-club youngsters on regular trips, and generally providing a much-needed community resource. We can’t thank them enough.”
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