Community bus saved
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has got a
community bus back on the road so it can continue helping
vulnerable people in Erdington.
After the vehicle broke down there wasn't the funds to get it
repaired so the PCC spent £2000 from his Active Citizens fund to
help fix it.
The bus takes people to the local foodbank and transports the
homeless to soup kitchens.
It is all part of the Commissioner's wider push to ensure
vulnerable people are kept safe and to prevent crime being
The Bethany Community Outreach Group, which operates the bus in
Erdington, received the money from the PCC's Active Citizens Fund:
a pot of cash which has been seized from criminals and spent on
projects designed to reduce crime.
The group has been operating for several years but has noticed a
sharp increase in the amount of people coming to them for help. In
2016, Bethany Community Outreach supported over 5,000 people. In
2017 this had more than doubled to over 11,500.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "The work being done by the Bethany Community Outreach Group
is relied upon by people at their lowest ebb.
"I am proud to fund and support an organisation that cares so
much for those who need it most.
"To bring crime down we must also look after the vulnerable.
That is exactly what this organisation does and long may it
The Chairman of Bethany Community Outreach Group, Kevin
Warrington, said: "Without the Active Citizens Fund we would not be
able to keep our bus running, and would struggle to support the
people we do.
"The foodbank is helping over 950 people per month, the bus is
crucial for us to maintain food supplies."