2016 News Round-up
Posted: 16 February 2018
Following the initial meeting, we have met at least once a month with 6-20 attendees and are also actively involved in the York Environment Forum www.yorkenvironmentforum.org.uk
We are establishing ourselves as the voice for bus users in York. We are in the process of establishing strategic partnerships with parish councils and groups that advocate for seniors and other actual or potential bus users.
We are seeking affiliation to Bus Users UK (the national lobby group for bus users) www.bususers.org, which will give access to valuable information about public transport. We have good links with the Campaign for Better Transport’s National Campaigns Team www.bettertransport.org.uk and with its West and North Yorkshire Local Group www.bettertransport.org.uk/west_yorkshire_local_group
We have been active in many other directions in an attempt to raise the profile of YBF and arranged a series of “drop-in” sessions at library cafes to receive user views. A presence was also arranged at a One Planet York www.oneplanetyork.co.uk event at York University in June 2016 and the Over-50s Fair at the Guildhall in September 2016, arranged by York Older Persons Assembly www.yorkassembly.org.uk/y1/
The Forum has been successful in its application to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Community Fund, who have awarded us £1700. This includes £1200 for “Core” funding and £500 for “Access” funding. The Core funding will support the establishment of the Forum so it can operate in a self-sustaining manner, and will allow us to expand our public engagement activities such as via Bus Surgeries, the YOPA Information Fair and other events.
The Access funding is to support the setting up of our Access Working Group. This group was formed to represent the interests of anyone who has difficulty using buses. It will investigate and develop a policy regarding bus provision in and around York for users with special needs (including potential users), especially those with sight loss.