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David Bellamy Memorial Ride

The three stooges working on a cunning plan to raise funds for disadvantaged children. From left to right, Cllr. Kastriot Berberi, Martyn Bellamy and Prof. Angray Kang.

The three stooges working on a cunning plan to raise funds for disadvantaged children. From left to right, Cllr. Kastriot Berberi, Martyn Bellamy and Prof. Angray Kang.

In honour of my late father who passed away on 24th January 2016, a Bevin Boy in WWII who cycled to work and back each day from Leeds to south Yorkshire (a distance of around 60 miles each day) I am endeavouring to organize what I hope will become an annual fundraising ride from Waltham Forest Town Hall to the Pier at Southend-on-Sea AND BACK in one day. The event will take place in the late spring 2016 and training rides take place each Sunday departing Waltham Forest Town Hall at 10:00am sharp.

Our training will start with around 50 miles return trip, as we finalize the route, adding around five miles each week to help to get the miles into the legs so that on the day it will be like a trip to the seaside. Continue reading

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Newham Door-to-Store – survey of potential need

Would Newham benefit from a Door-to-Store service? We'd like your views.

Would Newham benefit from a Door-to-Store service? We’d like your views.

We are researching the potential need to provide a Door-to-Store shopping service in Newham. The survey is open to residents of Newham who may find it difficult to do their shopping, possibly because they have lost personal mobility as they have got older or because they have a disability which impairs their mobility.

We have been providing a similar service in Waltham Forest for almost ten years which has enabled individuals to continue to live independently rather than being obliged to enter residential care. Continue reading

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Winter Special Offers

Snow covered pine trees in fog.

Snow covered pine trees in fog.

This year we have added flexibility and freedom of choice to our special Winter offers

Think about the beauty of nature in Winter, New Year Shopping expeditions with friends, for the January Sales, a day out at the Natural History Museum or the Victoria & Albert Museum (or both).

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors watching the same, old repeats on the “telly”. With a little imagination and research there is as much to do in Winter as there is in Summer. Even a bracing trip down to Southend-on-Sea for fish and chips could be a day to remember for all the right reasons. Continue reading

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January Sales’ Shopping at Bluewater

There are some who love to shop whilst others would much prefer to sit in the car or stay indoors and watch a war movie or comic book epic. This post is dedicated to those who love to shop and would love to spend a few hours with their friends taking in the refined luxury which is Bluewater.

Christmas at Bluewater. Image courtesy of Bluewater

Christmas at Bluewater. Image courtesy of Bluewater

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Young People’s Survey – Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest

Growing up isn't just Clubbing and hanging out.

Growing up isn’t just Clubbing and hanging out.

Life isn’t all about “clubbing” and “hanging out”. Life gets serious!

Young people face many challenges in daily life – especially as they move from adolescence to adulthood. There are many conflicting and potentially hazardous routes down which you may me tempted to travel and, in the current climate, you may find it challenging to get a worthwhile job, appropriate training and adequate preparation for your work life and, in due course, your own family life.

We have devised this very short, anonymous survey for you to tell us what you find challenging so that we can seek to provide at least some solutions that are of benefit to you. For example, if your interest is in motor vehicles we can obviously provide some guidance and even seek funding to provide proper apprenticeships. To know how we can help you please tell us about your concerns or issues because we are finalizing a bid for funding for the next three to five years – the very years that are important to you right now. Continue reading

Why Community Transport Matters

View of Tower Bridge from the top floor balcony of City Hall London.

View of Tower Bridge from the top floor balcony of City Hall London.

In 2015 the London Community Transport Forum agreed to carry out a study into the social value of community transport.

The vast majority of us use cars, buses, trains and the London underground to get around. Some of us use taxis, minicabs, cycles of all kinds and, of course, walking.

Many of us use community transport because we are part of a group and we can self-drive a minibus or use a minibus with a driver provided (paid or a volunteer). Continue reading

Stand out from the crowd, loud and proud!

Will you be standing out from the crowd this year?

Will you be standing out from the crowd this year?

It all comes down to cost in the end. If you can’t afford it then you can’t have it! But we are a community of people so don’t we need to be there for each other?

As a community transport, we have accessible minibuses that can carry up to sixteen passengers. Our vehicles have tail lifts to enable people in wheelchairs and those with mobility issue to get on and off much easier. Indeed, many such individuals simply cannot access any form of conventional transport – but they still deserve one day at the seaside in a year, don’t you think? Continue reading

Combatting the financial pressure on the community

Day trip to Brighton.

Day trip to Brighton.

Never before has the community and voluntary sector been under greater pressure than now. In recent years many voluntary and community groups have simply ceased to exist because financial resources have dried up and funding has never been harder to find in living memory.

Those who suffer the most at such times are those who have the fewest resources. This would include older people, people with disabilities and people who are not currently able to take on full time work (or whose work is so poorly paid that it’s almost impossible to make ends meet). Continue reading

Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The Directors and staff at EAST Community Transport and its parent charity, Community Transport Waltham Forest would like to thank all of our members and supporters for their custom and support over the last year and to wish you all season’s greetings, a very merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2016.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with top quality, compassionate and professional community transport, as we continue to build on our record of success by developing new services without compromising the quality and care of the services which we offer.

New Chair appointed to parent charity

Community Transport Waltham Forest Management Committee and senior management are delighted to welcome Bob Belam as our new chair. Bob Belam is someone of huge experience who held public office in Waltham Forest for more than 20 years, and has a vast knowledge and understanding of local community and voluntary sector. Bob will be a huge asset to Community Transport Waltham Forest as we move forward with delivering our services over the next few years. Continue reading

“Last minute” opportunity to see the Christmas Lights in London

Christmas wreath.

Owing to a late cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances we have an opportunity for an over 60s group in Newham to benefit from a fully funded trip to see the Christmas Lights in London on Friday. We already have the vehicle and driver standing by.

This is the last of our Awards for All funded trips for over 60s living in Newham that remains to be allocated. Continue reading