Swan Transport was thrilled to be awarded Innovation in Volunteering following a ground breaking project working with young people.

In 2022, Sarah Williams, Swan CEO, obtained fundraising from the Department of Transport distributed by the Community Transport Association. The aim of the project was to encourage young people to volunteer with the charity, initiating social interactions between young volunteers and Swan passengers.

Helen Allan was appointed in September 2022 to coordinate the nine month project.

The Community Transport Association (CTA) soon realised that the work was innovative in its practice and of significant value as nothing like this had been tried before. Younger people have so far been overlooked in the involvement of Community Transport. The CTA commissioned a film to be made near the end of the project’s completion to showcase the benefits of the inter generational work and youth involvement.

The CTA are a national organisation who organise a conference toward the end of each year for transport operators across England and Wales to get together and discuss good practice. They also celebrate outstanding achievements in the sector with an evening award ceremony and this year Swan was awarded ‘Innovation in Volunteering.’ Swan’s CEO Sarah Williams and Project Coordinator Helen Allen went to Birmingham late November 2023 to accept the award to add to the growing collection.

Both Sarah and Helen felt honoured to accept the award on behalf of the fantastic young people who have enriched and benefited the organisation and take it towards a more inclusive and positive future. This work is proof that young people all over the country have so much to offer and should be valued and invited to the table.

Sarah Oughton