Crafty Dundee folk have been urged to come forward and help transform a 1974 double-decker bus into a refuge for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
St Luke’s pioneer minister Stuart Budden and the Rev Canon Kerry Dixon aim to use the old Daimler Fleetline to engage with some of the most isolated and lonely people living in Dundee.
The pair are already well-known across the city for hosting weekly events offering food and friendship to people with difficult life circumstances, including the homeless and those with substance abuse issues.
Captain Budden hopes to fit the vehicle with a working kitchen and seating area to help build long-lasting relationships with the city’s destitute through cooking, eating and meaningful conversations shared over teas and coffees.
He said: “We would like the bus to be used by community groups, churches and schools for educational purposes, to gain new life skills and to be used to signpost people that use the bus to other support networks.
“I have a total budget of just £4,000 to make this dream a reality.
“I have never attempted anything like this before. I have the vision and the passion to see this old bus continue to serve the city for many more years to come. What I don’t have are the skills, contacts and know-how.”
Captain Budden and the Rev Canon Dixon hope skilled individuals living in Tayside will come forward to help complete the project.
“We are looking for help with paint, timber, someone to help fit the kitchen and a specialist toilet that doesn’t need to be plumbed in,” said Captain Budden.
“It’s going to be tough, but it really would be great to see it back on the road.”
Anyone who can help with the project is asked to contact Captain Budden via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.