A survey conducted by Quays News showed that a free bus pass for people under 25 years old would increase the number of people volunteering for charities.
This comes after the revealing of Labour’s policy of offering free bus passes for youngsters under 25. The incentive is part of a wider policy which tries to get more local bus services back into direct council control.
What people in Salford think about a free bus pass for youngsters?
We conducted a survey which was completed by young people in Salford and 70% of the responses were positive, but few people were neutral to this idea.
How can charities benefit from this offer?
Nicole Alderson, an 18-year-old volunteer for City Year UK, has been traveling across Manchester every day to get at a primary school near Salford for 8am. She told The Guardian her fare cost £18 every week and she can’t get a concession and is not a student.
However, City Year does reimburse the costs of Nicole’s fares if she keeps every bus receipt.
City Year UK is a charity that places young mentors who volunteer in primary schools to support children from disadvantaged communities. Caley Eldred, director of development for the charity explained how young people work with “a huge commitment“.
“Travel costs, particularly in the south-east, are huge, and our dedicated volunteer mentors often travel long distances by train, bus, tube, and tram to get to the schools and pupils they serve.” Eldred said.