New minibuses provide lifeline for sheltered residents
In June 2020 we launched three brand new Southern 360 minibuses to help improve residents’ mobility across care and support services on the Isle of White.
We adapted our vehicles to meet a wide range of mobility needs and installed flexible seating to accommodate wheelchair users.
To celebrate the arrival of our new minibuses, we invited residents from Byrnhill Grove, one of the Group’s residential care homes in Ventor, for an exclusive first look and a maiden voyage in the new vehicles.
Mike Janvrin, Senior Clerical Carer on the Island, said: “Myself and my colleagues took our Byrnhill Grove residents on a bit of a magical mystery tour.
“The weather was nice and sunny, so after lunch four residents with staff ventured out to enjoy the views of the beautiful Isle of Wight.
“For the residents this was the first time out since the Coronavirus crisis started.
“We headed to the south of the Island stopping at Compton Bay, a well-known touristy spot where residents enjoyed an ice cream with a view.”
The minibuses also represented the Group’s expanded commitment to providing community investment, care and independent housing for later life.
Byrnhill Grove resident Brian said: “We feel so lucky to have these brand-new minibuses to use. They are much easier to get in and out of and we are looking forward to getting out and about for trips and visits.”
Another resident, Les, added: “The new minibuses are amazing. It will be nice that we can take people in wheelchairs out and about”.