New wheels for school’s community workers

North Oxfordshire Academy takes delivery of a new minibus funded by Ordinary People Interesting Lives, which will be used to transport sixth form youth workers to community projects. NNL-161201-101540001
North Oxfordshire Academy takes delivery of a new minibus funded by Ordinary People Interesting Lives, which will be used to transport sixth form youth workers to community projects. NNL-161201-101540001

A £20,000 minibus has been donated to a district school by a local charity.

North Oxfordshire Academy took delivery of the minibus last week, the cash for which was donated by Older People Interesting Lives (OPIL).

The minibus will allow the school’s sixth form youth workers to expand their work in the community.

The youth workers regularly volunteer their time for community work including gardening projects for St Francis Church, hospitality at tea dances and helping with Christmas lunches and later this year are planning a street party for the elderly in conjuction with Oxfordshire County Council.

Assistant principal, Craig Burrows, said: “We have lots of requests to assist with transport in the community. Until now, we had to turn them down. This minibus will help us improve accessibility for lots of groups within Banbury.”

He added: “This is a really generous donation and will be invaluable for the school.

“Having the transport will mean the youth workers can ‘ship’ people in for projects and also go out en masse into the community for community driven projects.”

One of the youth workers, Emma Buttler, plans to study youth and community studies at Winchester University.

She said she had enjoyed working with different ages through her voluntary work and the new minibus would help her to work on projects that will give her a solid grounding for her course.

OPIL was set up four years ago to support the elderly and autistic children.

Other projects OPIL has been involved in include funding a new member of staff at Age UK in Banbury and working with an autistic charity in Middleton Cheney.