Cared for by Karshare: How car sharing is supporting Bristol’s most vulnerable

When the pandemic struck the UK, Karshare asked local communities in Bristol to donate their cars to NHS, frontline and key workers so they could get to work safely. Public transport was less frequent and unreliable, so having immediate access to a car made their life and journeys easier.

Bristol really stepped up: 4,000 cars were donated during the first lockdown and the generosity of Bristol has continued throughout 2020. The new Karshare platform now allows anyone to rent vehicles from local owners and offers a faster, more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional car rentals.

“I’m a community advanced clinical practitioner and I don't know what I would have done without Karshare”, said one customer benefitting from the scheme.

But that’s not where this ends. Community is at the heart of what Karshare stands for and we continue to be committed to help incredible causes in Bristol.

In collaboration with ALD Automotive, we are thrilled to supply Help Bristol’s Homeless and B.O.S.H. (Bristol Outreach Services for the Homeless) with a transit van. This addition to their charities has enabled them to support 6 homeless people move into their own homes in Bristol. HBH and B.O.S.H. have also taken advantage of donated furniture from a hotel closing down with 50 rooms, which they would have had to turn down without the van.

Now they are able to pick up more furniture and collect food from businesses and homes - as well as taking more items and food to St James Park where B.O.S.H. supplies homeless people with food and clothing on a daily basis.  

Caring in Bristol is also benefiting from our Cared for by Karshare initiative and are using a VW Caddy for four months. This allows them to deliver more meals to homeless people in hostels and hotels than ever before. Before, they were having to use various vehicles and rely on a number of volunteers, but the van means they can navigate the city and their supplies more easily. Having access to transport is imperative for their business, especially during the second lockdown.  

If you’re a volunteer or health, care or charity worker and need a vehicle to help people in your community, you can get in touch with us.