EAST Community Transport Prize Draw winners from Choice Unlimited event

Jordan (pictured right) doing the draw for the four prizes from our Choice Unlimited exhibition stand.

Jordan (pictured right) doing the draw for the four prizes from our Choice Unlimited exhibition stand.

As part of our commitment to the Choice Unlimited event at the UEL Sportsdock we decided to hold a prize draw from those who completed out questionnaire at out stand, There are four prizes in total, three of which are gift tokens and the grand prize is a fully funded, driver provided minibus hire under the terms of our Summer Special Offer 2015.

Participants provided their contact details which were placed in a sealed envelope and this morning one of our keen volunteers, Jordan, drew the  winning tickets from the envelope, filmed by Michele and read out by your’s truly. Continue reading

Kayaking for konfidence

Southmere Boating Centre - Thamesmead

Southmere Boating Centre – Thamesmead

Last week I had the privilege of taking a group of young, teenage students to the Southmere Boating Centre in Thamesmead. The lake at Southmere has the benefit of being very shallow and well sheltered.

The session was a fully managed tuition and training session and was designed to take absolute novices through their paces. Continue reading

Choice Unlimited Exhibitor Stands

Michele and Martyn on the EAST Community Transport stand and the Choice Unlimited exhibition.

Michele and Martyn on the EAST Community Transport stand and the Choice Unlimited exhibition.

We were delighted to present our services at the Choice Unlimited Exhibition at the Sportsdock of the University of East London. There was a wide variety of stands and a great deal of interest in what we and the other exhibitors had to offer. We included a rolling slideshow of some of the many places to which we take our members (and, indeed to where they go when self-driving our vehicles) and, without doubt, that slideshow will grow over time. Continue reading

Choice Unlimited Fashion Show – Models of Diversity

One of the models on the catwalk during one of the fashion shows.

One of the models on the catwalk during one of the fashion shows.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the set of catwalk shows prepared by and performed by Models of Diversity. The shows attracted a great deal of interest and we trust that the above slideshow appropriately reflects that interest. The following information is reproduced verbatim from their web site: –

Where are the models of colour? The larger models? The shorter models? The models with a disability? The older models?

Models of Diversity is the campaign for more diversity in the models we see every day. We call on the fashion, beauty and marketing industries to recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. Continue reading

Choice Unlimited Sports

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Wheelchair rugby – a sport for people with disabilities (and others) at which we excel.

The 2012 Olympic Games were immediately followed by the Paralympics which proved to be just as popular and is something at which we excel. Shortly thereafter the Olympic Park hosted the Invictus, proudly championed by HRH Prince Harry who, through his military service and subsequent expeditions with disabled veterans and others, has led the way in showing that people who live with disability are not disbarred from excelling as a result.

The majority of people with disabilities merely require one or two small adjustments to enable them to live full and rich lives and seek only those adjustments to enable them to excel.  Continue reading

Liberty Festival 2015 – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Sunday 26th July

Liberty Festival 2015 - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Sunday 26th July

Liberty Festival 2015 – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Sunday 26th July

There is an exciting, free event taking place in East London on Sunday 26 July 2015 that may well be of great interest to you. National Paralympic Day, featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, takes place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 11am until 6.30pm (performances begin at 1pm).

Highlights include live music, aerial theatre and dance performances, DJs, films, and a variety of family friendly ‘have a go’ arts and sports activities that are inclusive of all. There are also paid-for Paralympic sports events featuring international stars taking place in the Aquatics Centre and Stadium as part of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.  Continue reading

AgeUK Newham Silver Surfers love Brighton

AgeUK Newham, Silver Surfers’ group enjoying their day at Brighton.

It was our privilege to facilitate a day trip to Brighton for members of AgeUK Newham’s Silver Surfers’ group. The trip was funded under the terms of the Big Lottery grant for over 60s in Newham.

You’ll know already from a previous posting that our Big Lottery funded Newham Excursion Club for the over 60s is already fully subscribed and we hope to add some more happy memories as and when the trips have been completed. Continue reading

East Community Transport – Wellcar Survey

WAVWellcar is a project targeted at providing personalized transport solutions to individuals (and their families) with mobility issues which may impinge on their ability to access activities which others may take for granted.

The vehicles can safely transport a family including a wheelchair occupant and may be used for days out as well as for transportation to and from work or to and from GP or hospital appointments. They are designed for families with a wheelchair user in mind so are not a compromise vehicle. Continue reading

Build your own excursion club

Happy GroupWe’ve been blown away by the popularity of our Big Lottery funded Newham Excursion Club. All available bookings for the summer season have already been taken up. This set us to doing some thinking.

Have you considered getting together with some of your friends to create your own excursion club? Continue reading

Can you drive a bus or a minibus?

MiDAS 075If you hold a current UK driving licence which includes Category D (bus) or Category D1 (minibus) and if you love driving then we’d like to hear from you. If you hold a current MiDAS certificate even better!

The community is crying out to get out, out (as Micky Flanagan would say) and enjoy a really cracking day at the seaside, an evening up West or a shopping trip with their best mates.

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