The Community Comes First - The Directory Group

The community comes first

A Havant charity which provides crucial transport for older people in the community is celebrating the arrival of its new minibus.

The Community First bus, bought using funds from the Department of Transport, is being used for a number of projects across Havant.

Havant MP Alan Mak was on hand to see the new minibus, as well as meeting some of the users of service.

In addition to providing transport for the Silver Linings project, the bus has been used, among others, by the Unity Nautical Training Corps and Kids South East. They have a number of minibuses which are available to hire.

Community First’s chief executive Tim Houghton said: “As our local MP, Alan has always been a firm supporter of Community First and it was a pleasure to welcome him to see our new minibus in action. The minibus will be a vital resource that helps us continue our work helping older people locally, and we’re grateful to Alan for his support.”

The charity also runs a lunch club Monday to Thursday at Hewitt’s on South Street in Emsworth. The club is staffed by The Right to Work Community Interest Company (CIC), who offer the opportunity for people with learning disabilities to gain valuable workplace experience.

For information about the service provided by Community First, visit

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