Lanchester Partnership


The Lanchester Partnership, a charity providing services to their local community, recently celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their village link bus service.

This service enables Lanchester residents, especially the elderly, to access services in the village that would otherwise be difficult for them to reach. Without this bus those living in the outlying estates would inevitably become isolated, particularly in the winter months.

Aside from helping to prevent isolation, the village link bus service can be a lifeline for its users. Fred, the driver, is a helper and friend to all his passengers. He knows their routines and therefore can check up on them if they don’t appear for the bus as normal. Knocking on the door of a lady who didn’t turn up as expected, he found her collapsed and arranged for her to be taken to hospital where she made a full recovery.

The son of a lady who used the bus regularly had the following to say: “I would like to thank all those involved in providing what is more a social service than a bus route. The bus meant my Mam could stay in her home managing her own life and keeping her independence and dignity, which was so important to her. It is a godsend, I know, to many villagers.”

In 2009 the Lanchester Partnership received a grant of £5,000 from the Grassroots Grants Fund at County Durham Community Foundation, allowing it to continue running the bus at a time when funding was difficult to source.