SOS Vehicle - Bookings

Booking Process

  1. Check availability using the online calendar above
  2. Download manual (using the link below)
  3. Read the Blackpool Council Risk Assessment (which is a general one for van usage) 
  4. Create your own risk assessment for your activities ready to upload into the web booking form (please note you are responsible to risk assess the activity that you are planning, please ensure you include following Government guidelines for Covid 19). You can download the template provided below or use your own. Please make sure it is signed.
  5. Get PLI proof ready to upload into the web booking form
  6. Fill in web booking form
  7. Upload Completed RA & PLI
  8. Submit Form – if you get an error message please try again If the problem persists please email
  9. Once Confirmed please ring the Depot the day before your booking or the Friday before (if it’s a weekend) to confirm that you are still coming and that keys will be with Security. PLEASE NOTE: The offices are closed and nobody can check e-mails after 3:30pm on a Friday. Please make requests by phone call to 01253 476291 Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm or Friday 8am-3:30pm

Press Copy - please use this in your PR activities and let us know if you expect press coverage for your activity/ies

The Save Our Stories (SOS) Rescue Ship is a project that was developed by LeftCoast back in 2014 in response to a brief from Blackpool Council Arts Service. Built and designed by artist Andy Hazell, the Rescue Ship was developed as a travelling theatre and storytelling space which docked at festivals, schools, libraries and communities with one simple message –  “help us save our stories!”

The Lancashire Covid 19 community support fund has enabled LeftCoast and our community partners to get the SOS Rescue Ship out of the Garage and onto the streets of Blackpool once again. It can take creative and safe engagement activities directly into neighbourhoods whilst we continue to live with our local Covid restrictions. Equally, the SOS Ship can be a centre for information and a travelling community notice board as well as a head-turner. The Ship can park up on a street and people can interact with the vehicle without approaching it. Stories or messages or parcels can be delivered as people watch from their front step or lounge window, with no need for large crowds or unsafe gatherings.

The SOS Rescue Ship gives LeftCoast and partners a chance to animate the streets of our neighbourhoods in an unexpected and playful way whilst delivering services to share information, connect with isolated residents and provide joyful experiences in the places people live.

SOS Vehicle Booking Form

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All images here are pre-covid – please ensure you are following current guidelines.