Launch of free community car loan scheme for voluntary groups

Launch of BAVO community car scheme 4I was delighted to launch Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisation’s (BAVO’s) community car scheme in conjunction with Nathaniel Cars. The scheme, which will be available to all voluntary groups who are members of BAVO, will last for one year and offers free use of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which will enable local groups to get out in to the community.

To be eligible, voluntary and community groups have to be a member of BAVO, have a full UK driving license and be aged over 25.

I warmly welcome this initiative between Nathaniel Cars and BAVO which I am sure will greatly benefit local community groups and their clients. This is an excellent example of business and voluntary organisations working in harmony for the benefit of the local community.

The car is a hybrid vehicle with an impressive record on fuel economy (up to 148 miles per gallon). A SUV that can seat up to five people including the driver, the car is free to loan for voluntary organisations for up to a maximum of one week per booking, they only pay for fuel used.

Wayne Griffiths, Managing Director of Nathaniel Cars said: “We are delighted to be able to lend an Outlander PHEV to members of BAVO. These local voluntary groups do so much wonderful work within our community and this is our way of helping these organisations in some way. We are sure that the members will enjoy driving this game-changing and award-winning plug-in hybrid SUV”.

One organisation has already taken part in the scheme. Paul Mathias from the Buddy Buddy Scheme, a veterans welfare support group, spoke of his support for the scheme. He said: “The car will be used to help us to get in to the community to help veterans on a one to one basis. We would like to thank both BAVO and Nathaniel Cars for starting this scheme which will help numerous members of the community”.

BAVO’s Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Bennett said: “We are really excited by this scheme and are very grateful to Nathanial Cars for their generosity and support of local voluntary groups by offering this vehicle for community usage. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer members an additional benefit and I know it is going to make a difference to them and their service users”.

Bookings are made through BAVO, subject to the Nathaniel Cars Loan Out Agreement which members will be expected to sign before using the vehicle. To take part in the scheme, contact BAVO on 01656 810400.