Swindon’s Bus Company is offering its support to local charities, schools, sports teams and events organisers as part of a good causes initiative.

The local bus operator’s Community Fund is a dedicated resource for backing local causes with funding, marketing help, free travel or the use of its buses for events.

Previous beneficiaries include Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, Westlea Primary School, and Swindon Music Trust.

The Community Fund is open to applicants in December and to apply, groups should visit Swindon’s Bus Company’s website and provide details about their cause.

They should also detail what they need as well as the difference this support might make to their organisation.

“At Swindon’s Bus Company we’re proud to play an integral role within the local community,” said Swindon’s Bus Company general manager, Andrew Sherrington.

“As well as providing bus services across, we endeavour to support and raise awareness for those doing excellent work on behalf of those living here.

“The Swindon’s Bus Company Community Fund is open to everyone - from charities to sports teams - and we encourage anyone who needs a helping hand, however big or small, to apply.”

Applications will be considered throughout December during the build-up to Christmas and winners will be announced in January.