ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT in partnership with Handover of the new GM Coachwork minibus miniplus.co.uk | June 2017 | 43 Stanford Coachworks supports the community with minibus delivery Stanford Coachworks has delivered an eightseat accessible Ford Transit minibus to the Hockley and Hawkwell 55+ Social Centre, which is based in the convertor’s native Essex near Rayleigh. The Social Centre provides a safe and friendly environment for those aged over 55 to socialise and get out of their homes, and it required a minibus to transport those in the area who have mobility issues. Delivery of the new Transit will help the Social Centre attract more participants. Its eight passenger seats are high-backed and have three-point belts and it also has a rear-mounted wheelchair lift and a step on the sliding side door to help access for those passengers with reduced mobility. Funds for the new minibus were raised by the local community, the Social Centre, and the Lions Club of Rayleigh. Money was also contributed by local businesses and groups. Stanford Coachworks says that research has proven that social interaction and keeping active can have a positive impact on elderly people, but often the main issue preventing them from engaging in both is a lack of mobility. Availability of suitable, accessible transport can mitigate that. Easy-to-use Seat Locker device to go with tracking shown by Unwin rattle free,” says the manufacturer. It has a built-in wheel at the back that makes one inch centre-to-centre and it functions with seats from all manufacturers. No adjustments are required when locating the Seat Locker into the tracking rail thanks to the design of the new lockable and Unwin’s patented clamping system that allows easy actuation of the locker in the rail. New eight-seat Transit minibus conversion delivered The Seat Locker speeds seat removal and relocation Unwin has unveiled its new Seat Locker, a device that secures seat legs into vehicle tracking and which is engineered to be “discreet and moving seats around easy, speeding changes to cabin layout. A self-locating mechanism ensures that fi nding the right location within the tracking is simple. The Seat Locker fi ts into any tracking rail currently on the market with scallops at The new product has been tested in Unwin’s own laboratory and it meets M1 and M2 vehicle requirements. It is available in two colours: Black and grey. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.unwinsafety.com ACCESSIBLE MINIBUSES HANDED OVER GM Coachwork Minibus Sales Specialist Jeff Caswell has presented a brand-new, wheelchair-accessible Peugeot Boxer-based minibus fi nished by the Devon convertor to Albion in the Community (AITC), the offi cial charity of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. It will play an important role in the work that AITC does both locally and nationally for players of all ages and abilities. One requirement of the new minibus was that it had to be accessible, as it will be used to transport players who require a wheelchair. AITC runs various football sessions for people of all ages, including for people with Down’s syndrome, a hearing impairment, or those who are partially sighted. New sessions are planned for those on the autistic spectrum, players with cerebral palsy and/or those who require a walking frame, players who are deaf, and anyone who has dyspraxia. The handover took place at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, home of the football club that was promoted to the Premier League last season.
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