December 11, 2018
A new charity has been launched which will provide transport for vulnerable adults across the Royal Borough.
The charity, Driven Forward, was set up to provide wheelchair-accessible minibus transport across Windsor, Maidenhead and the wider Berkshire area.
Charity Caters to the Vulnerable
Founder of Driven Forward, Tiia Stephens, intends to provide transport to places such as garden centres and supermarkets to help relieve isolation among elderly care home residents.
Vulnerable adults who’ve recently left homelessness will also be offered transport to ensure they enter a more sustainable life off the streets.
Tiia kick-started her first journey with 10 senior residents from the Bowes Lyon Close estate in Windsor when they visited Longacres Garden Centre in Bagshot.
Trips to supermarkets will be planned fortnightly with residents alongside working with the Windsor Homeless Project that deliver outings for people already accessing services.
Tiia said: “There are no other charities which will provide free transport coupled with targeted activities and trips for vulnerable adults.
“Driven Forward is more than just a taxi service. It’s about rehabilitation into society and improving the mental well-being of people who are reluctant or unable to engage in activities alone.”
Transport Solutions for Better Living
Driven Forward is a government-registered charity and has received donations from The Windsor Lions and Windsor Christian Action for start-up funding.
Ms Stephens is waiting to hear back from applications to both the Royal Borough and the Berkshire Community Fund for funding and is advertising for volunteer minibus drivers and safeguarding assistants.
The wheelchair accessible minibus is also available for hire by charity community groups and sheltered housing schemes.
Tiia added: “Driven Forward is already well connected with existing local organisation which benefit the cohort we’ll support. Not only will our service complement what they do, but it will enable their work to be more efficient as they use our service to further meet people’s needs.”