Will you come ‘On-Board’?

After suffering cuts in funding from Oxfordshire County Council, our trustees have sadly announced in March that the charity will close unless more funds can be raised.

We have set up a new campaign to ‘Save the Banbury Playbus’ which requires the sum of £50k by the end of June 2018 to be raised which will sustain the project until the end of the current financial year – 31st March 2019.


After a meeting with the trustees recently to discuss the future of the play bus, here is their statement on the outcome of the meeting:

“We are extremely encouraged by the overwhelming support generated so far by the ‘Save the Play Bus’ campaign. With donations and pledges we have reached just under half of our £50K target which has enabled us to extend the deadline to the end of July. We are confident that with the growing momentum we will match and even exceed this amount in the time.
There is still time to ‘Get On Board!’ and help us achieve our target.”

Can we get you ‘On-Board’?

Donations no matter how big or small would be greatly appreciated.

However we will also be happy to consider other ways such as sponsorship, advertising and competitions.

How to donate  –

To donate online, visit www.gofundme.com/BanburyCommunityPlayBus

Or send cheques to:

Tine Nicholas, Banbury and District Community Bus Project, East Street Centre, Calder Close, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 3WR.

(please make them payable to: Banbury and District Community Bus Project)

More about the cause

Living in a rural isolated village, or on a military base does not prevent families from wanting/needing local and accessible activities or mean that they don’t have a right to high quality play provision; yet, hundreds of children in Oxfordshire are unable to access positive pursuits locally. According to the Child Well-Being index, Cherwell area (where we work) is ranked 140 out of 354 Local Authorities in England; Cherwell is also ranked very poorly on a national measure of geographical accessibility of services (index of deprivation) – 23 areas (25%) are ranked in the worst 10% nationally, and of these, 16 are ranked in the worst 5%.

Additionally, issues such as families living in challenging circumstances, experiencing deprivation, mental health issues and domestic violence compounds families sense of isolation. Parents tell us they want their children to have something to do, something to look forward to, and importantly, activities that improve their children’s’ self-esteem and confidence, set within their own community. Our charity aims to address this problem by providing local, high quality Early years (0-5yrs) and after school (5-11yrs) provision on our double decker bus.

Banbury & District Community Bus Project (B&DCBP) is a mobile play and social hub provider, working with children/families in Oxfordshire. Our mission, to help isolated families find the support they need, in order to thrive. As we are a mobile provision, we are able to tailor our services to respond to differing needs in diverse and deprived areas in Oxfordshire, engaging with isolated children/families who are not able to access other provision.

The Community Bus is a custom-made safe and inclusive space with various zones for arts, crafts, movement, singing, quiet time and free play. The sessions provide stimulating activities and opportunities for creative, artistic and educational exploration for these vulnerable children. This stimulates the children’s learning, self-expression, communication and interaction with others.

Another one of our aims is building stronger communities. We do this by providing a space where the children can come together to address some of the problems they face; for example, with military families, the fact that their families have to relocate every two or three-years leaving little opportunity to develop relationships with others in their community. Our projects improve the quality of life of these vulnerable children by reducing their social isolation and by providing opportunities to meet new people, make connections and feel a sense of belonging to their community.

Donate Now

You can donate funds in a couple of ways.


If you want to do it online please click the button below

By Post

If you would prefer to send us a cheque please make it payable to: Banbury and District Community Bus Project

Please send to –

FAO Tine Nicholas, Banbury and District Community Bus Project, East Street Centre, Calder Close, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 3WR.