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We are giving away Yellow School Buses
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Several of TfGM’s current Yellow School Bus fleet are due to be decommissioned in July 2021.

We are, once again, providing an opportunity for community interest groups or schools based in Greater Manchester to apply to be gifted one of these vehicles.

You can apply between Monday 17 May and Friday 18 June 2021 using the form below.

Applications will be judged on several criteria, including originality, creativity, and benefit to the community. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered and the winners will be announced in July 2021.

The success of previous years

The competition has been set up to run once again following the success of similar schemes in summer 2019 and 2018.

In 2019, six buses were donated to various bidders, including Red Lane Primary School in Bolton. They turned their donated vehicle into a 'Wellbeing bus' and currently use it as a dedicated space to provide social and emotional intervention for their pupils.

Rhian Driver, Head of Red Lane School, said: "'Winning the school bus competition has been fantastic for our school.

"This has greatly supported the work on mental health and wellbeing that has always taken part in our school, but we now have further space to do this.

"This has been important given the increased challenges faced by our pupils during the pandemic. The pupils, parents and staff love it and it is a big feature of our school."

Red Lane’s Wellbeing Bus image
Red Lane’s Wellbeing Bus.

Similarly, St. Stephen's RC Primary School -- another 2019 recipient -- turned their bus into a reading area and tutoring place that has proven to be incredibly popular with pupils.

In 2018, TfGM donated the first ever decommissioned yellow school bus to Greswell Primary School in Denton. This project also proved to be a massive success as the school successfully bid for lottery funding and used it to transform the bus into an outdoor library. The facility is used by both students and the wider community and has had an inspirational impact on many.

St Stephen’s Reading Bus.
St Stephen’s Reading Bus.