Classroom on wheels takes to Suffolks roads
The innovative new vehicle is owned by Suffolk Community Transport (SCT), an umbrella organisation set up with government funding and which works in partnership with Suffolk County Council. SCT champions and supports the county’s individual community transport operators.
It is hoped the new vehicle will help SCT raise thousands of pounds each year helping to keep the organisation viable. It is one of a range of new services launched by SCT from which profits will be re-invested to support community transport schemes.
Customers of SCT will be indirectly supporting some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the county.
The new mobile classroom which is available to hire, can be used as a:
• Temporary classroom
• Meeting room
• Community outreach facility
• Consultation room
• Exhibition unit and hospitality venue
• Mobile testing centre.
The vehicle is equipped with cushioned bench seats, a work table, a SMART board with audio equipment and a DVD enabled screen. It is wheelchair accessible, air conditioned and has a small kitchen with hot and cold running water and electricity.
Susannah Waters, SCT Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch our new mobile meeting room which will be available for hire to a wide range of professionals and organisations, including those in the education, health, public, voluntary and commercial sectors.
“The vehicle is suitable for a diverse range of organisations which may have limited training space, for schools or universities who have small groups of students to teach away from their usual environment, organisations needing an external consulting room or groups needing to implement outreach work in the community.”
Please contact SCT on 01473 353006 or by email at email@example.com if you would like to discuss making a booking. An online calendar has been set up to check availability and organisers are advising people to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please check our website calendar for availability at http://suffolkcommunitytransport.org.uk/commercial-services/mobile-training-suite/.
Picture details Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Roads, Transport and Planning Graham Newman, is joined by Tracey Vobe Transport Manager for Suffolk County Council, Susannah Waters, SCT Chief Executive and SCT’s Training Manager Samir Dahdouh at the launch of the mobile meeting room.
Suffolk Community Transport (SCT) is an umbrella group with a task of supporting, enhancing and increasing sustainability of individual community transport operators in the county.
Community transport provides essential travel solutions to thousands of communities, individuals, clubs and organisations throughout Suffolk, many of which have no access to other forms of transport. Combined, last year, community transport operators in Suffolk provided over 187,000 passenger journeys. All operators are not-for-profit organisations and many are charities, which survive through small amounts of funding, charitable grants and donations from the public. Most operate with a workforce of volunteers - individuals who give up hours of their valuable time to help others within their community.
SCT has been operational since February 2012 and has set out an initial three-year strategy to meet a number of key objectives, including:
· Raising and improving the quality and range of community transport services
· Supporting the development of all community transport operators in Suffolk to improve the sustainability of services
· To share best practice, information, expertise and resources where appropriate
· Identify ways of and support efforts to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness
· To organise a number of activities and actions to benefit community transport operators across Suffolk
· Promote the benefits, need and availability of community transport to existing and new passengers, existing and potential volunteers and relevant passenger transport bodies and organisations.
SCT is a company limited by guarantee with its headquarters in Ipswich. More information is available at www.suffolkcommunitytransport.org.uk
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