The Festive season is almost here and we at Community Transport have planned a variety of trip options for our Excursion Club Members in Waltham Forest & Newham. From enjoying a day of shopping at numerous out of borough Garden Centres to exploring the city’s renowned museums and evening tours of the amazing Lights displays; we have done our best to ensure the elderly in both boroughs have options to feel part of the Festive spirit and remain active in their communities.
Becoming a part of this service is easy, simply complete and return our membership form which can be found here for Waltham Forest residents and for those in Newham you can request a form by contacting us on 0208 521 0665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ahhh memories of summer, hard to believe it only just ended as it feels so long ago 🙁 . We at Community Transport have been so very busy these last few months that it is hard to know where to start with all that has been achieved; anyway continue reading for highlights of the top events.
Big Day Out
You may recall our previous stories of the amazing fundraising feats our staff completed to provide under privileged children with memorable summer memories. We spoke about it here and here and their valiant efforts were not in vain as we were able to treat over 200 children from Waltham Forest and Newham to a fully catered day out at Southend on Sea; this included transport to and from each respective borough, full access to the Adventure Island, Sea Life Aquarium and a tasty lunch of fish n chips, drink and ice cream. This is the second year we have staged this event and the reactions and feedback from the participants still give a ‘zing’ to the heart and smile to your cheeks :). Click these links BDOcard_1 BDOcard_2 to view a snippet of the comments received.
Our Excursion Club expanded this summer and we were able to extend the service to residents in Newham. This season members from both boroughs had the opportunity to visit Southend on Sea, Polhill Garden Centre, The Hop Farm & Teapot Island as well as enjoy Myddleton Gardens. Membership within Waltham Forest continues to grow and our initial launch in Newham this summer indicates that a service such as this will provide a welcome outlet to tackle the ambit of loneliness and social isolation among the elderly and disabled.
And finally the most exciting event to happen for us this summer (drum roll please)…Community Transport Waltham Forest has become a sub-contractor for TfL’s Dial-a-Ride services in the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Newham!!!! What exactly does this mean? Well the protocol for joining Dial-A-Ride remains the same with contact being made directly to Dial-A-Ride for bookings and membership, however, Community Transport will now execute service delivery within the boroughs on behalf of Dial-A-Ride.
We are currently in the planning stages of offering more events for to benefit and uplift the Community and Excursion club side of our operations so stay tuned to our newsletter, Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Do you know any young people 5 -12 yrs old in the St James Street area who could benefit from any all costs covered fun day at the seaside?
The Big Day Out is happening on the 22nd August and we are delighted that the St James Street big Local are providing the resources to enable 35-40 young people and their families from the St James Street area to participate in the Big Day Out. The day will include transport to Southend, entry to Adventure Island, The Sea life Centre and a meal. Booking forms and consent letters are available
Here is the invitation form, which is yours too keep. It has all the necessary information for your convenience, but if you have further questions, please contact us. Big Day Out Invite Letter St James Street (3)
Here is the consent form. Please fill this in and return by post. Big Day Out 2017 permission (2)
Here is the address in which you need to post the letters to. Helen Tredoux, Community Transport Waltham forest, Low Hall Depot, 42 Argall Avenue, Leyton, E10 7AS.
The deadline for the forms is the 17th of August,
If you know of families who could benefit please contact:
Helen Tredoux, at Helen@Ctwf.co.uk or Call her on 020 8521 0665.
We look forward to hear from you!
As we are now just over halfway through 2017, we have developed our latest annual report. We have attached the file down below. We hope you take a moment of your time to read it over. It has been a rather busy year! The document will open in the current window when you click the link.
CTWF Annual Report 2017 WEB
Further to the start of our Big Day Out challenge series with Challenge 1 undertaken by Alison, our Fleet Supervisor, who bravely took on the Three Peaks Climb, our dedicated staff are now preparing to ‘Swim the the River Lee’ for Challenge 2. Sharon Sango, lead Trainer of our Driving School, and Ian Raven, CTWF Community Driver, have been diligently training over the last 6 weeks for this event where they will swim the equivalent length along the River Lee from the Ferry Boat Inn in Tottenham to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the London Aquatics Centre on Monday 05th June.
Sharon brings her childhood love of swimming to the fore, a keen swimming competitor in her school days aquatic challenges are not new and she has successfully completed similar events here in the UK and on family holidays to the Caribbean where she would set (and excel at) personal challenges to swim between the islands of the Grenadines ‘just because she could’.
Ian has a similar love of the water and combined with the altruistic goal of the event willing teamed up with Sharon to collectively help CTWF raise awareness and funds for the Big Day out 2017. Every donation goes a long way to helping the most disadvantaged children in our communities to enjoy experiences,such as an all inclusive day at the seaside, that most people take for granted; so please support our efforts and visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SharonSango and donate what you can towards our Big Day Out Challenge.