THE Big Yellow Bus Project which helps the homeless has now been given charity status.

The project helps rough sleepers in Cirencester and giving men and women over 18 a warm place to sleep.

Gerry Watkins is the founder of the project and plans to set up a Yellow Bus in Swindon.

He said: "It’s difficult to explain the difference this is going to make on so many levels for the project. It means so much to everyone involved. Not only can we continue to carry out our vital work, it will help secure the future of the Big Yellow Bus here in Cirencester and other towns.

"This is such fantastic news and it’s the result of a lot of hard work from our new trustees who bring a lot of experience and knowledge which will take us from strength to strength."

It is run by volunteers and funded through fundraising events and donations.

The bus gives shelter to seven guests a night with sleeping berths on the upper deck.

The lower deck has a small kitchen and communal seating.