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New transport for local specialist college

by Laura Johnston

Activate, a specialist college for young people with learning disabilities or difficulties aged 18 to 24 with campuses in Kirkby and Birkenhead, has recently been presented with a brand new 17-seater wheelchair-accessible minibus.

The minibus – or ‘Smiley Bus’ as it’s affectionately called – was kindly donated by the Steve Morgan Foundation and was officially handed over to Activate on February 23 2018 at their main campus, the Bracknell Centre.

Activate has previously had to rely on taxis or parents to transport students to enjoy extra-curricular activities in the local community, so the donation of the minibus is going to make a hugely positive difference to the college’s programme.

Representatives from the Steve Morgan Foundation were joined by local press to present Activate with its new Smiley Bus to witness first-hand the difference the generous donation will make to students.

Helen Mault, Corporate Services Manager at Activate CES, said: “This will be our first ever minibus, and we are thrilled that it will give our students opportunities to access new and exciting experiences outside of the college grounds. As a small, local charity it would have taken us years to raise the funds to purchase a minibus by ourselves so are we very grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation. We will be able to easily transport our learners to and from their essential hydrotherapy sessions, and we are already busy planning many more exciting experiences that will help our learners achieve their full potential. We just want to say a huge thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation!”

Jane Harris, the Steve Morgan Foundation’s Administrator said: “We hope the students and staff enjoy travelling to and from their activities on their brand new minibus and are able to make the most of the new and exciting opportunities it will bring.”

Activate delivers educational programmes for young adults across Merseyside and Wirral, with each student following a bespoke curriculum tailored to their individual needs.

The Bracknell Centre, based in Kirkby, boasts a range of facilities including a small animal care centre, a horticulture area, a sensory pod, and a community room and café.

Karen Charles from the Steve Morgan Foundation, Jason Forshaw, a Learning Support Assistant, Jane Harris from the Steve Morgan Foundation and Liam Donaldson outside of Activate’s ‘Smiley Bus’