This year, LibertyBus ran Glastonbury Festival’s Disabled Access Minibus Service. As a Social Enterprise, LibertyBus is always looking for ways to give back to the local community – especially in regards to accessibility and transport.
This year, over 20 volunteers travelled to the site on 19th June and worked until 26th June.
The work included driving disabled people from the carpark to campsite, and campsite to the main festival throughout both the day and night between 7am and 4am – and volunteers worked 6 hour shifts each day.
Our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and in between shifts even managed to catch some music and explore some of the famous festival too!
Nikki Withe, HR & Community Transport Manager managed to get up close and personal with Dave Grohl – and her moment of fame was even caught on TV as she beamed from the front row.
Esher Howard, Operations Supervisor met the famous grime and hip hop artist Stormzy and even got her photo taken with him too!
Jess Stanier, Marketing Manager swears to have spotted Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt amongst the crowds… although lost her nerve to approach them.
Of the 20 volunteers, only two had visited Glastonbury before – so it really was an experience for all involved.
Harry Hambrook, Operations Manager and organiser of the Glastonbury Festival Disabled Access Minibus Service for 2017 said, ‘I am so proud of the team. Everyone worked extremely hard to provide brilliant customer service, support and a fantastic service - which is apparent through the feedback we received from our customers at the festival. It was no easy task remotely organising a project like this, but we are much better informed for 2019 when hopefully we will get the opportunity to run the service again. I am told by Festival Organisers that they are very happy with the job we did, so we are pleased and hope they ask us to return.’
Since running the Disabled Transport at Glastonbury, Operations Manager Harry has been looking into rolling out similar transport services locally through the UK. More news to follow!