COMMUNITY transport services across the Arun district have been given more than £17,000 of backing.
Sammy Community Transport and Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport will gain the continued support from Arun District Council.
The Ford-based Arun group will get £10,500 in the year from April.
Sammy, based in North Bersted, is to receive £6,430.
In addition, the West Sussex Mediation Service will get a same-again £3,500.
The decisions were made by Arun’s cabinet members on Monday.
They were told by Robin Wickham, the council’s leisure and voluntary sector manager, the community transport services were essential.
“They provide a valuable community service and have done so for a number of years to vulnerable members of the community,” he said.
He gave figures to the cabinet which showed the Arun transport service made 18,719 journeys and transported 46,092 clients in the year to last March.
It has six minibuses and three wheelchair-accessible vehicles and is run by five employees and up to 30 volunteer drivers.
Sammy made some 13,000 journeys that year and transported 22,000 clients in seven minibuses and three wheelchair accessible cars.