Chatty Bus 29/01/19 – needs volunteers to help speak with deaf passengers

On the 29th January we will be launching our first ‘chatty bus’, in response to the Government’s loneliness strategy. With three-in-10 Britons going at least one-day-a-week without speaking to anyone close to them, we wanted to do something to encourage people to talk to those around them.

On the day, between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm, buses on Thames Travel Route 41 (travelling White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon – Stratton Way – Fairacres – Caldecott) will be our designated ‘Chatty Bus’, where we will have staff in situ ready to start conversations with fellow passengers who want to join in.  We’re promoting the campaign on social media for the month of January, and have already received positive feedback about the initiative. We will also email our customer database to invite everyone to participate and local councillors will also be participating.

Overcoming loneliness improves the health and wellbeing of our local residents and as such, we believe this is a campaign we should all get behind.  Can you please let me know if your charity would like to participate by providing a volunteer(s) who can communicate with deaf people via British Sign Language (BSL) or are a BSL user. If you can help, you will be able to travel free of charge on the bus
If you can help please get in touch with and engage with anyone wishing to join in the chatting.  We’ll promote your involvement to encourage deaf passengers to join in. 

Contact: Wendy Bradley, Marketing and Communications Manager at Oxford Bus Company if you would like more details: Office: 01865 785401 or Email: wendy.bradley@oxfordbus.co.uk