KCT wins Merlin funding boost
Published on: 27 Oct 2017
KINGSWOOD Community Transport has been awarded £3000 by the housing assocation Merlin.
The successful pitch for KCT at a Dragons' Den-style event was made by Jo Earley. She wanted the Dragons to help fund a new accessible vehicle with the aim to reduce isolation and enable members to access local services.
KCT has a fleet of 21 vehicles and its membership is up to 1,500 and rapidly increasing. the scheme enables isolated, lonely, and elderly people by driving them to hospital appointments, shopping and social activities such as community groups, pub lunches and clubs.
The Dragons were so impressed they wanted to help advertise Kingswood Community Transport to Merlin customers as well as awarding the full grant.
Kay Rose, Merlin's community insight and investment officer, said: "Our panel of customers were impressed with Kingswood Community Transport. "
Any community groups interested in bidding for funding from Merlin’s Dragons - who are customers of the housing association - can find out more and apply online at www.merlinhs.co.uk/community-grants