The long days of summer are over and the cosy warmth of Autumn beckons with the promise of a kaleidoscope of rustic hues for our visual delight. Summer was an extremely active time across all sections of our organisation with strong growth in our established services and development of new work and strengthening of our partnerships across the boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Enfield.
Our Excursion clubs in Newham and Waltham Forest both recorded excellent results for their summer season with a combined total of 342 trips across 4 destinations in Waltham Forest and Newham registering 210 trips across 3 destinations with a membership increase of 15% to the end of August.
We partnered again this year with “Ambition, Aspire, Achieve” (AAA) and provided transport for their ‘Big Day Out @ Port Lympne Wildlife Park which saw 90 children and their families explore and be blown away by the array of animals on display. Community Transport has worked jointly with the AAA on this initiative for 3 years and feedback from the attendees remains positive and uplifting.
Kudos to Mr. Kevin Jenkins and his team at Ambition, Aspire, Achieve for the hard work and commitment they put in every year to ensure these families enjoy many events most of us take for granted.
We also want to recognise and applaud Community Transport’s Margaret Augustin for fundraising over £700.00 through cake sales to take 3 bus loads of families from her local community to Southend –on-Sea in August. Margaret is our resident Great British Baker and with some assistance from our other resident baker Lisa Drury, selflessly baked and sold over 70 baked culinary treats (cakes, cupcakes, breads), to ensure these young people were guaranteed a ‘bright spark’ over their summer holidays.
Our efforts to win new work have been awarded as follows:
- Successful tender to provide transport for Adult & Social care in Waltham Forest;
- Trial contract work with new groups in Enfield as we seek to expand the presence of our service offer within the borough; and
- The upcoming launch of a Door to Store shopping service in Newham. Kudos must be given to Jackie Mattock, our outreach worker for Newham who has been able to mobilise this initiative in 4 weeks. Jackie has recently joined the team and has been pivotal in creating a strong extension on growth in the borough in her time thus far. The imminent arrival of our new bus for this service is due over the forthcoming weeks and we want to extend a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to Power to Change for the support they have given us towards our development work in Newham.
Continue to watch this space for more updates as we continue to make a positive impact on our local communities and for the launch of our festive season specials.
Excursion Club Summer 2019 is OPEN! And once more we have tried to offer a mix of trips to appeal to our current members and attract new service users as well.
Waltham Forest Excursion Club
- Thurrock Garden Centre
- Mayfield Farm Bakery
- Battlesbridge Antiques centre & Southend on Sea
- Eltham Palace & Gardens
EAST (Newham) Excursion Club
- St. Albans
- Whitstable, Kent
- Epping Railway Experience & Pub
Spaces for the trips are going fast, so if you are interested in attending please call us on 0208 521 0665 for further details or email email@example.com
We are at the end of 2018 and would like to wish all of our members, staff and all of the local communities we serve a Merry Christmas and an AMAZING 2019!
As we approach the end of the current financial year all Community Transport group members are advised that membership renewal forms for the 2018-2019 year need to be in by April 01st. We will not be able to process any bookings until the renewal forms have been submitted; forms can be accessed here or alternatively please contact a member of our team on 0208 521 0665 with any queries or further support that you may require.
Are you over the age of age of 50 or know anyone 50+ who would benefit from being out and about more? Feeling lonely or isolated and looking for an opportunity to re-engage with your community and meet new people? Our community partner Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, have started a fabulous project aimed at providing those aged 50 and over with an opportunity to combat loneliness by engaging in social interaction with others in a safe, friendly environment. They will be hosting Sunday Lunches at the ‘Terence Brown Arc’ in Newham where attendees can enjoy a delicious hot meal and participate in various activities, enjoy guest speakers all while making new friends. Please help us spread the word of this opportunity by passing the information on to any individuals that would benefit from an opportunity like this; for further information please contact Jackie on 0207 511 4253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been busy at Community Transport, so busy that we can’t believe we are in the month of March already! How did January and February go past so quickly??? Anyway, busy or not there is now way we could let today come and not take the time to wish every one of the amazing women on our team Happy International Women’s Day!
Community Transport was started over 20 years ago by a woman who saw a need in the community and set about to fulfil it by offering affordable and accessible transport to the community; now in 2018 her dream is still going strong and fuelled by a cadre of vibrant, strong and PHENOMENAL women that represent our diverse community and are represented in every area of the business. From our director to our women drivers, from the boardroom to the on-road crews we SALUTE YOU and we thank you for your invaluable contribution that keeps the charity going and helps us to keep surpassing every goal and expectation we set. We ROCK because of you #Happy IWD2018