About CATS

CATS History

CATS is one of the largest of the 20 Community Transport Operators across Suffolk.  Started in 1998 with one minibus and a small office in Leiston High Street serving residents of Leiston and immediate villages, now in 2016 we own 15 accessible vehicles and serve Suffolk Coastal.

CATS is a social enterprise run by the community for the community and combining business thinking and social values for their benefit.  CATS is recognised by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as having charitable status, any surpluses are re-invested in the organisation to help replace our vehicles when necessary and to make sure we reach as many people as possible.

CATS is a non-profit organisation and is grateful of the support it receives from Parish Councils, community members and passengers.

CATS offers a variety of transport services with the majority of the services being provided by volunteer car and minibus drivers who have so willingly given their time to drive for CATS, as well as the volunteers who have helped in the office in organising journeys or to become a Management Committee Member and give their time and expertise to ensure CATS is run properly.

CATS People

Management Committee

The Committee was led by Derek Cocker until April 16, CATS would like to thank Derek for his contribution to CATS it was greatly appreciated.  In June 2016 James Barrett was elected as our new chairman, James has a wealth of business expertise which will be invaluable to the management of CATS  James works with a team of 7 Committee Members all contributing to the running of CATS

Office Team

Our office team are based in Leiston and are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our passengers and drivers


The life-blood of the organisation, CATS team of paid staff and volunteers delivered over 76,000 thousand passenger journeys  and cover over half a million miles almost entirely within the Suffolk Coastal area last year. Many of the paid drivers started as volunteers, and rc drone training is given to everyone.  An increasing number of unemployed volunteers have gone on to find work with other companies – and not just as drivers


CATS currently operates a range of accessible minibuses from 8 to 16 seats all fitted with tail-lifts as well as an MPV with ramp access plus a fleet of private cars driven by the wonderful volunteers providing the community Car Services.

CATS currently has 15 vehicles – 14 minibuses and 1 accessible car including buses – based in Leiston, Woodbridge, Framlingham and Felixstowe.

All these vehicles are available for hire to community groups or others requiring accessible vehicles, especially for evenings or at weekends including Bank Holidays.

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CATS is always looking for more volunteers, if you have a passion to help people in your local community and can spare a few hours per week we would love to hear from you.  Please remember we cover all 118 Parishes in Suffolk Coastal so you do not have to live in or near Leiston to help.  For more information please call 01728 830516 Wholesale Dolls

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