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Rhiane

Rhiane

Name: Rhiane Winter
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Torbay
Campaign: To fight for lower bus fares

I think bus fares in Torbay are extortionate and should be lowered.

 

Many people choose public transport because they can’t afford to run a car, so I feel it’s a real problem if prices creep too high.

 

My team of Fixers and I have teamed up with Torbay Youth Parliament on this campaign. We've created a Facebook page, ‘Help Lower Torbay Bus Prices,’ which received 500 ‘likes’ in less than 24 hours.

 

We would like to see the age at which a young person has to pay an adult fare on the buses increased too. At the moment you have to pay a full fare from the age of 16. We think this should be raised to 18 to ease the financial burden on pupils, who are in full-time education, and their parents.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Hannah Grimes Theodore Law
Erin Lynch Oscar Law
Isaac Frewin Hannah Shipley
Joseph Edwards Cai Evans
Ambrose Law Bethan Smith

Sanctuary Housing

Sanctuary is the UK’s leading provider of care, housing and community services.

 

The not-for-profit organisation is backing our campaign and working in partnership with Fixers to help support young people across the country address the issues they want to fix.

 

With over 94,000 units of accommodation across England and Scotland, Sanctuary believe that building strong communities and inspiring people to make a real difference is as important as providing them with a home.

 

Parkfield
Nathan Moore, Youth Worker at Parkfield, supports my Fix. He co-ordinates the Torbay Youth Parliament group, who are working with me on this project, and says he’ll help however he can as it progresses. He’s also supplying my team and I with a venue for our meetings.

March 2014
Our campaign has been successful!

 

After we lobbied Stagecoach South West to cut the cost of travel for young people aged 18 and under who are in full-time education, they’ve introduced a new season ticket – the Torbay Termrider. Click here to read all about it and find out more about our campaign.

 

On Wednesday 19th March an official launch event for the initiative took place at Torquay Town Hall. Some of our group attended and met with the Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, Michael Watson, and local Mayor, Gordon Oliver.

 


Fixers attend 'Torbay Termrider' ticket launch in Torquay

 

News of our success appeared in the Herald Express. Click here to read the article. 

 

January 2014
News of my project featured in Inside Housing Magazine. They published an article about Sanctuary Housing working with Fixers and I was included as a case study. Click here to read the story.

 

My team and I attended a meeting with representatives from Stagecoach including the Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, Michael Watson.

 

Fixers meet with Stagecoach staff 


Back row (L-R): Michael Watson (MD, Stagecoach) Helen  Scholes (Marketing Manager, Stagecoach) Louise Simpson (Operations Manager Torbay, Stagecoach) Fixers Cai Evans and Theodore Law.

 

Front row (L-R): Fixers Isaac Frewin, Hannah Grimes, Erin Lynch, Rhiane Winter and Oscar Law.

 

We took the opportunity to have our say on the cost of bus travel for young people in the Torbay area and told them we think it’s too expensive.

 

The Stagecoach staff listened to our opinions and said they’ll look at making a small change to help young people when they review their budget this spring.

 

We received the following feedback after our meeting:

 

Michael Watson, Managing Director at Stagecoach South West: 'Meeting the Fixers and Torbay Youth Parliament was a pleasure - it was informative, interesting and hopefully just the start of an ongoing relationship.

 

'I certainly came away with a better understanding of their needs when it comes to bus travel. We will now be exploring a range of options on what could be done to support young people travelling on our buses and I'm looking forward to our next meeting when we can discuss these further.'

 

Helen Scholes, Marketing Manager at Stagecoach South West: 'It was a real pleasure to meet you, the Youth Parliament and the other Fixers.

 

'Their levels of articulation and enthusiasm for the subject were truly impressive and have given us lots to think about as we move closer to finalising our plans for the new financial year.'

 

We are planning to have another meeting with the company on Wednesday 26th February.

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