Simon Cowell meets his 'Idols' Aum and Tara

Tara and Aum were invited to The Health Lottery Tea Party at The Savoy last month, where they were thrilled to meet ‘X Factor’ judge Simon Cowell and fellow co-star, Ayda Field, at a celebrity star-studded event. The party was held to celebrate over £100 million raised for local grass roots charities in Great Britain. For the last two years the Peoples Health Lottery has kindly funded all of our volunteer support work including the role of the volunteer coordinator, our training opportunities and a bit of cake at the coffee mornings. The investment comes as a result of funds raised through The Health Lottery and has enabled the group to set up as a charity and grow our organisation. Our  volunteer support project aims to reduce social isolation among our families and volunteers and make sure that our volunteers feel confident and empowered to lead the Big Red Bus Club. Like Aum who started volunteering with the Big Red Bus Club and was one of the first volunteers to be supported by the People Health’s Lottery. Aum who is now the volunteer coordinator spoke to a room with over 300 organisations about the work of the Big Red Bus Club.    

AGM 2018

Big Red Bus Club Annual General Meeting 16 November 2018 1pm – 2pm   In addition to our current board we are actively seeking to recruit a Secretary to our Management Committee interested persons should in the first instance contact the Chair, Clare at [email protected]   Attached to this email is a job description for the role if you think you have the time and skills to take up this challenge or indeed know someone who might please pass this on or get in touch.

Bikes and BBQ

  Two novice cyclists joined Emma Mason and Susie Goss joined veteran Big Red Bike Club cyclists Steve Tull, Jay Masand and Annie and Matt Drewry to undertake our gruelling annual 100k bike ride in aid of the Big Red Bus Club. Although the amount is still to be counted cyclists have raised at least £2000 this year, with the novice cyclist doing an amazing job of training throughout the year to get ready for the big day. Emma Mason said; "This charity challenge has been great in terms of raising money for a great cause, building cycling distance, fitness and fun. I've laughed so much and enjoyed exploring picturesque parts of London while getting fitter. A win, win for the Big Red Bus Club and me". Riders who set off nine hours earlier and had spent just over seven hours in the saddle were greeted by volunteers and their families who welcomed the cyclists home to handmade banners and a well deserved burger. A huge thanks to Sue Christensen the support car driver, Helen O'kelly for the endless supply of brownies and Aum, Cat and Carl who organised an amazing volunteer BBQ. A great day had by all.

Play Plus is back

Play Plus had a holiday over the summer but now it is back. Play Plus is a SEND music and arts group, which is funded by Children In Need.  Families are welcome with children under the age of 5 with or without a diagnosis. So come along and chat with a member of the team to see how we can best support you all.  We are open on Mondays (term time only) 10am - 12noon. 

The Volunteer BBQ Party

Volunteer BBQ party 2018 The party for thank you a lovely volunteers who don't necessarily have time but they have a HEART to helping at The Big Red Bus Club. The party is on 29th September start at 3pm. Same day with the Bike ride. Another group of a amazing riders who volunteer to cycling 100k to raise money for our club which they will start in the early morning and plan to return and join us at the party.      Continue reading

Great Charlton Cake Off

Winners of the children categories of this years Great Charlton Cake Off have been in touch to let us know what they spent their book tokens prizes on. Oscar Masand (Under 7yrs) informs us that he has purchased a Sea Creature Encyclopedia over the summer holidays and Isaac Drewry (7-11 yrs) has brought Omnibus 4 of the Asterix series. They would both like to thank everyone at the Big Red Bus Club and the Clandestine Cake Club (supported by the Friends of Charlton Park) for making this year so amazing.

Sing, Sign and Stories

Big Red Bus Club is opening it's doors once again after the Summer break. We're all raring to go with the new academic year and very excited to see everyone!  A new session which started today (Monday), a new addition to our timetable is Sing, Sign and Stories.  Continue reading

Opening and Closure: an update

The Big Red Bus Service update The fun is beginning, half term holidays have started and yes The Big Red Bus will be closed between 28th May to 1st June 2018. We will be back on Monday 4th June for the "Gardening Week" during Stay and Play sessions 12.30 - 3 pm  We will have a lot of activities for little ones who love messy play in the garden.   And we will be closed again all day on Tuesday 5th June 2018 for volunteers training. Sorry for any inconvenience.     Continue reading