The original charity started in April 1980 and was founded by WSAD initially. It had a small number so vehicles. In 1999 Bluebird Community Transport was formed. They developed a local transport scheme in Haywards Heath to provide transport for local people who struggled to access public services due to health, age or a lack of safe and adequate public transport.
In 2002 decided to reform and became a registered charity and a charitable company limited by guarantee, forming Bluebird Community Partnership. WSAD kindly donated their 2 minibuses to the newly formed charity. The new charity carried out services in the local community, including dial – a – ride, group hire and day time excursions. By 2004 they had acquired another minibus and had started growing as a charity. The new charity widened their area to cover Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and surrounding villages.
In subsequent years Bluebird helped develop community transport across a wider area by taking on EGfleet in East Grinstead and the Henfield Community Bus. As well as assisting in the creation of Horsham District Community Transport.
In 2011 Bluebird became an approved supplier for WSCC SEN school contract. This not only helped school children get to school and gave parents peace of mind, but also provided financial support for the services such as dial – a – ride that were in such high demand in the local community. As well as being a driving force behind the successful NHS non-emergency, out of hours, patient transport pilot in 2013??
To further development it was essential to keep a strong relationship with other community transport operators. These include Crawley Community Transport and Horsham District Community Transport. These strong bonds formed the foundation for CT Sussex to be formed.