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The volunteer spirit

Delivering personal travel plans with volunteers’ sounds like a “cheap option”, but Southend’s Ashley Dalton believes the benefits are not just financial, but wider engagement, increasing local skills and employment

Ashley Dalton
Supporting and advising residents is part of a volunteer’s role
Supporting and advising residents is part of a volunteer’s role
Ashley Dalton
Ashley Dalton


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is delivering personal travel plans (PTP), through a project staffed by volunteers. Our LSTF project aims to promote sustainable transport and increase low carbon economic growth. By targeting neighbourhoods experiencing a degree of socio-economic deprivation with PTP, we have sought to exploit opportunities within the programme to offer training, volunteering and work experience in order to develop employability and increase skills.

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