13 Jun 2018
Hattie, one of the original Skegness Seasiders is retiring from service and becoming a community bus. She will support Stagecoach East Midlands in their efforts to bring communities together and promote health and well-being around the East Midlands area.
Hattie has been redesigned to promote a safe place for people to come along and chat with new seating areas and tables, tea and coffee making facilities, a children’s Wendy house, games, chalkboard and magnetic wall games. She has been adapted to host families and the elderly and encourage the community to come together.
The initiative is part of Stagecoach East Midlands’ efforts to offer support and advice about mental health, after signing the ‘Time to Talk’ pledge in February, to pledge to provide support to employees. As well as offering information and access to mental health support for staff, Stagecoach have gone further and extended this to the public through events and other initiatives. Hattie is one way in which Stagecoach hope to support those in the wider community.
Hattie is being launched at Louth market on 15th June, and Stagecoach are inviting members of the local community to come along and find out more about the initiative. Events and activities will be held inside and outside the bus throughout the day, including games, competitions and ‘Knit and Natter’, along with refreshments.
The event is aimed at older people in the area to highlight that the bus can facilitate those who are less active, feeling isolated or looking to socialise in the community.
Stagecoach East Midlands will also be presenting a cheque for £1000 to Andrew Storer, Chief Executive Officer at the Lindsey Age UK. Alongside the donation, a Seasider book has been written for the bus and will be on sale at the event, with proceeds going to the charity.
Local community groups, hospitals and other charities will also be at the event to support the initiative.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are excited to unveil Hattie and raise awareness of the initiative at this event. We believe projects like these are vital to combat issues such as loneliness, and enable people to engage in their community.
Hattie will be touring the East Midlands, providing an important space for families and children, as well as older people, to meet, take part in fun activities, and ‘get chatty with Hattie’!”
Hattie will be at Louth market on 15th June 10am - 3pm.