Cuckmere Community Bus has been awarded the Community Transport Association’s prestigious Quality Mark.
Only eight other community bus organisations throughout the country have received the award since it was introduced in 2012.
Cuckmere Buses is a volunteer-run company and has provided bus services in and around the Cuckmere Valley since 1976, operating 363 days a year. It runs services to and from Eastbourne, Hailsham, Lewes, Heathfield and Seaford as well as villages in the South Downs National Park and the Cuckmere Valley itself.
Philip Ayers, Cuckmere Buses’ Managing Director, said: “We are pleased and proud to receive this award which reflects our vision of being the Community Bus service of choice in our area. It is a credit to our whole team of volunteers.”
Cuckmere Buses, which has some 75 volunteers, but no paid employees, continues to attract people interested in driving services around the area, or helping in an administrative capacity. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to contact the company on 01323 870920 or 07802 305155. Or visit the website at www.cuckmerebuses.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Award of the Quality Mark to the company is valid for three years from May 2014, before being reassessed.
The Quality Mark Award is based on a variety of standards which confirm that Cuckmere Buses is operating within the relevant legislation, including governance, transport, employment and health and safety, and working in accordance with best practice within the voluntary sector. The Quality Mark is endorsed by the Charity Commission.