Parent charity seeking to appoint a new Chair

Can you fill the gap?Can you fill this gap? Our parent charity, Community Transport Waltham Forest, is seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead us forwards in what is a really exciting and challenging time.

Following the retirement of our long-standing Chair, Dot Gray, we are now actively seeking someone else of exceptional quality to take over the demanding role of Chair of this long-established charity.

These are challenging times for charities. During this long period of austerity we are learning to develop new models for funding the extremely valuable work that we undertake on behalf of the community. Continue reading

Newham Excursion Club – a cultural feast for the over 60s.

Sun and Sangria with Newham Excursion Club.Summer is a-coming in! Clear skies. Long, hot days with a light breeze and good company. The Newham Excursion Club is taking to the wing – or at least to the road – with early bookings for days out to take in trips to the seaside, days in Kentish vineyards, visits to historic towns and entertainment, song and dance.

If you are over 60 and would like a trip out this summer then we may well be able to help you – at no cost. Continue reading

Newham Excursion Club – Successful applications

The typically understated reaction when people discover that they are beneficiaries of Newham Excursion Club.

The typically understated reaction when people discover that they are beneficiaries of Newham Excursion Club.

It looks like it’s going to be a great Summer. Already we have completed several successful bookings for the Newham Excursion Club for people aged 60+. This has been followed by outbreaks of spontaneous happiness.

On a more serious note, if you are part of a group of people aged 60 or over or if you would like to meet up with other seniors over a convivial day out then this may be just the vehicle that you are looking for. Continue reading

Reaching Communities – Online Surveys

Help us to reach out to the communities we serve by completing the relevant surveys.

Help us to reach out to the communities we serve by completing the relevant surveys.

EAST Community Transport (incorporating the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest) is engaged in a major funding bid the purpose of which will be to secure funding for services in these boroughs felt to be of the the greatest value to the residents in those boroughs.

In order to ensure that we know how to structure our bid we have devised four surveys which we are asking you to complete either online or with good, old-fashioned pen and paper. Continue reading

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. The value of each trip equates to up to £200. 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

Professional driving tuition.

Professional driving tuition.

We 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.  The value of each trip equates to up to £200. 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