Us in a Bus needs your support now more than ever before, we have been making a cautious and gradual return to services supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, but are still a considerable way from where we were before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. To be frank, without more support, even our reduced service offering and reduced staffing levels may not be enough to see us through 2021 and beyond.
We started 2020 full of hope for our 30th year, with 30 incredible years of improving life for some of the most vulnerable people in society behind us, and with many more years to continue this life changing work ahead of us. Or so we thought. Our visions of growth have been replaced with unavoidable staff redundancies amid our ongoing fears for the people we usually visit.
We know that the public are hearing this story all too often at the current time, we are far from alone in appealing to you for your help, but we are nothing if not passionate about the people we support... and so we ask in the hope that enough people can spare just a little to help us survive the current crisis.
We are the only charity working in the way that we do, delivering our specialist services to around 200 profoundly disabled people every week (before the pandemic); if we can weather this storm we can eventually get back to this service level - and beyond. We invite you to visit our website that you can better understand what we do and why it matters so much. Our work offers a human connection, it is not dramatic to call this a 'lifeline', as for some people it is the only hour in a their week where they feel socially connected to another person...an hour when they feel heard and valued.
Whatever you can spare to support us will be hugely appreciated, you will be contributing to sustaining a connection with someone who doesn't have the ease of self-expression or the understanding of the world around them, that most of us take for granted every minute of every day.
Best wishes & stay safe
The Us in a Bus Team, on behalf of those who cannot thank you themselves.