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Valleys Community Transport
Getting around is vital to everyday life. Restricted to four walls with few chances for a change of scenery and social interaction affects wellbeing and quality of life. Our project provides door to door transport to the shops, social trips, and friendship.
April 2011 - March 2012
Charity information: The Denby Dale Centre Ltd
We work across a wide rural area where public transport services are limited and shops and facilities are spread over large distances, resulting in difficulties for those with limited mobility and income. This also contributes to social isolation and exclusion for people who are living alone and without friend and family around to support them.
Our project solves the problem by providing a Ring and Ride membership scheme using our accessible minibuses using trained drivers to get people out and about to the shops, picking people up from their doorsteps and getting them back with their shopping; and by operating a programme of half day and full day trips, again a doorstep service.
Scheme members get out of the house on a regular basis, meet up with friends and are able to take part in normal everyday community activity.
To reduce social isolation and exclusion.
Activities» Run a regular, weekly programme of trips to shops and other services.
» Run social trips to destinations the scheme members would not generally have access to. Destinations would be suggested by both members and us.
» Provide transport to activities at our Centre such as afternoon tea; games club and other activities to get people involved in community activity.
What success will look like
Success will be involving 50 people identified as either suffering from or being at risk of social isolation in our trips on at least a fortnightly basis over the year.
The project will reduce social isolation and exclusion experienced largely by elderly and /or disabled people in our rural area. Friendships will develop as they meet up on the buses and they will be able to access shops and services, improving wellbeing and improving their chances of remaining in their own houses. Success will be reduced interventions by health/social care agencies; people remaining in their homes for longer than otherwise; high booking rates on our buses; positive feedback.
Bus breakdowns can affect the project. We have 3 buses, so there may be the chance of substitution. Should this not be possible we have full contact details of all the members on the scheme so we can inform them of any cancellations or problems.
All our buses will eventually reach the end of their "life." This should not be for another 5 years. In the meantime we are identifying suitable sources of funding to replace the buses as necessary.
Monthly activity reports will be available to all donors. Impact surveys are carried out amongst members of the scheme and other stakeholders. Survey results will be provided for all donors and stakeholders.
An annual evaluation will also be provided.
Budget - Project Cost: £41,699Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £23,200 Coordinator salary inc on cost To manage and develop the service £8,400 Direct vehicle costs Costs associated with running and maintaining the 3 buses £4,500 Insurance Insuring 3 minibuses £5,599 Overheads MiDAS training (specific to driving accessible minibuses); office costs; CRB checks
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Scheme membership £1,000 Conditional Passenger fares £6,500 Conditional Training fee contributions £900 Conditional Group membership £1,000 Conditional Group hire £16,000 Conditional Donations £100 Conditional
Our scheme helps people in the rural parts of Huddersfield in and around Denby Dale. We cover 43 villages and settlements. Whereas the area overall is not recognised as a deprived area, one of the villages, Skelmanthorpe is included in the Index of Multiple Deprivation, but there are pockets of deprivation throughout the area. The majority of our scheme members are of limited means; and the rural nature of the area brings additional problems e.g. access to shops and facilities is difficult.
Our scheme benefits in the main the elderly, disabled and those with mental health issues. These people are particularly at risk of social isolation and exclusion because they are unable to get out and about like the rest of the population. Because we are able to bring them in to the Centre they are able to take part in activities which give them the opportunity to be part of everyday community life. Many of these also then build confidence to go on trips to shop and on social outings.
We were established in 2005 by a group of local people who wanted to help those who were isolated from the community by way of old age, infirmity or disability. We are the only community organisation in the area operating our own transport every day to help people are able to take part in community life. We are well regarded by key statutory and voluntary organisations and refer people to us. We run on a shoestring and over 60 local volunteers help us to deliver the services.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Jeanette chairs the management committee. She also works full time in the Centre as volunteer, doing every task possible including driving.
Paula coordinates the scheme. She has community transport qualifications and has developed excellent relations with all our drivers and members.
"I have nothing but praise for both the service and drivers - it is a great help to me and makes me more independent."