Newham Excursion Club gains momentum

Away from it all for a day in Southend?

Away from it all for a day in Southend?

Following the announcement of the funding grant to establish the Newham Excursion Club, 2015, we are delighted to announce that we are already in the process of working with groups and individuals who have expressed an interest in the project.

To remind you, the project is aimed at those aged 60 and over (either as individuals or via existing groups) who would enjoy a day trip out this year (April to September) or a trip to see the Christmas lights in the west end of London. Continue reading

Door-to-Store – saved!

Please help us to save our Door to Store service.

Please help us to save our Door to Store service.

Following our recent campaign to save the Door-to-Store service in Waltham Forest we are absolutely delighted to report that the local authority has agreed to keep funding the service at the same level for another year. THANK YOU (that’s a big thank you) for your support.

We ran the campaign via our websites, via a special newsletter, via 38 Degrees and via word of mouth during last week. On Friday morning the campaign hit a trigger point on 38 Degrees where it then went national. 38 Degrees wrote to an open letter to the council and support rocketed. Continue reading

Save Waltham Forest Door-to-Store service

Please help us to save our Door to Store service.

Please help us to save our Door to Store service.

The Waltham Forest Door-to-Store service enables older and/or disabled people to continue to live an independent life by enabling them to get out to the supermarket each week in order to do their shopping.

In addition, the service provides a vital link between these service users, who often live alone, by providing essential human contact. Continue reading

Forthcoming Training Course Dates

certificate-scrollWe provide a range of minibus-related training courses including D1 training, MiDAS, training, PATS training, fire evacuation training and manual handling training. MiDAS and PATS training courses are generally scheduled whereas other courses are arranged on request.

As a note for your diary here are some upcoming dates for our scheduled and occasional training courses: – Continue reading

Big Lottery grant awarded to establish Newham Excursion Club

hi_big_e_lrg_pinkThe Big Lottery has awarded EAST Community Transport a grant to establish the Newham Excursion Club for people aged sixty (60) and over.

The purpose of the grant is to provide day trips out for older people with a view to combating the social isolation often experienced as people are getting older.

Trips will be available to local organizations as well as to groups of individuals. Continue reading

Twenty One years with Community Transport – a very fond farewell.

Dot Gray - Chair, Community Transport Waltham Forest,, 1997-2015

Dot Gray – Chair, Community Transport Waltham Forest,, 1997-2015

My association with CTWF started in 1994 as a volunteer driver with Davies Lane Luncheon Club, but prior to that, I had been a volunteer driver for Waltham Forest Volunteer Bureau.

The Volunteer Bureau was a smaller organisation with only one accessible transit mini bus and I had to pass an assessment test at The London Borough of Waltham Forest, Low Hall depot for a ” ticket ” to qualify me to drive. I was delighted to be told by the assessor that I had given him his best ride. Unfortunately, the days of the WFVB were numbered and I took another assessment test with Waltham Forest Community Transport, only this time I clipped a kerb going into a left hand turning, but still managed to pass and went on to drive all the different makes and models of vehicles that CT has had in it’s fleet over the years. Two different vehicles spring to mind, our original Iveco which had dog leg first gear and was easier for me to drive if I double declutched, but still gave me a sprained shoulder, then our brand new LDVs. I was the first driver to take one out, only I could not find reverse gear and had to make sure I parked with enough space to be able to drive forward until I discovered the pull up ring on the gear stick. Continue reading

East CT Winter Wonderland

Christmas TreesWe’ve had the first cold snap now but between the wind, the rain, the frosty mornings and the long, dark nights the beauty of the season still shines through.

London and the south east of England can be a fine place to be with a huge diversity of things to do at any time of year. We like to make it easier for you, your group and your wallet to take in the sights and sounds of the season with special offers to our members. Continue reading

We have many special passengers and are trained to take care of them.

Dementia Awareness training

Community transport drivers do it with a glow. Here are some of our drivers and personal assistants with Sue from Dementia Friends during this week’s training session.

Being that it has been half-term this week we’ve been doing lots of training at the main depot.

When we carry vulnerable children we utilize GPS to track our vehicles so that we always know where they are are and we can quickly respond if a problem arises. Both our drivers and passenger assistants received backup training in the use of our GPS system to ensure that we always have skilled users on the vehicles.

As a community transport our remit includes the conveyance of a wide range of vulnerable people of all ages. We included a training session in dementia awareness which was delivered by Sue from Dementia Friends.

ECHO – lunch and a workshop

Echo bannerEcho (EconomyofHours.com) is holding a workshop (and will be providing lunch) on Thursday, 20th November 2014 between 10:30 and 13:00 at Durning Hall Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, E7 9AB and they are inviting you to join them.

More than 500 East London organisations are using Echo to save money, increase capacity, build their profile and make new connections. Join them for lunch and a workshop on 20th November at Aston Mansfield to find out how your organisation can get more out of Echo.

RSVP here.

Newham Excursions Club

Charabanc trip

Every vehicle in our modern minibus fleet is equipped with roof, windows, comfy seats, heaters and air conditioning as well as pneumatic tyres and suspension.

East Community Transport is preparing a funding bid with a view to establishing an Excursions Club in Newham from Spring 2015 and we are asking for your help as part of the process.

In order to establish evidence of need in the borough we have created two simple online surveys and we’ll be obliged if you will complete the Individuals’ survey for us and ask the appropriate person in your organization to complete the Organizations’ survey: –

  1. Organizations’ survey
  2. Individuals’ survey

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