Read the latest THOUGHTS AND NOTES FROM CLLR NICK PAGET-BROWN, LEADER OF THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA, where he talks of his visit to Westway CT.
Thank you to The Worshipful The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, for hosting our event and undertaking the task of presenting Long Service Awards to Pepe Francis from Ebony Steelband, a founding member of the Westway CT Management Committee and Jose Berrio, a long standing employee of Westway CT who has now retired.
Director Andrew Kelly says,
'A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our celebration. Before we look at the work we have undertaken in the last year I would like to draw your attention to the 25th Anniversary publication that maps out our journey to where we are today. You will see that we have tried to encapsulate many of the achievements and milestones along the way. The growth and figures speak for themselves, but as we know it’s the human impact that is important and it’s not all about the numbers.
This year has been another one of starting new initiatives and working with our partners to deliver even more than before. We are particularly proud of our Innovation Fund that was launched this year. The purpose of this fund is to support existing and emerging new groups with new and innovative ideas. The fund can be used to try things out and pilot new services. Vehicle and driver costs are covered and for those who have been successful it has been of real benefit in furthering their work in the community.....
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The overall aim for Whole Systems is that the residents of West London aged over 65 will be able to be directly involved in planning their care; with professionals working together to understand their needs and those of their carer(s), so that they feel that they have control over services and that these deliver what is important to them. At present Whole Systems have two Integrated Care Centres at St Charles Health and Wellbeing Centre and Violet Melchett Health Centre.
Green CT Cars are providing transport support to patients attending appointments at these centres.
In order to access this free training opportunity individuals will need to meet one of the following criteria:
If you are interested please contact us via email or give us a call on 020 8964 4928 option 4.
This year we are celebrating 25 Years Supporting Our Local Community.
25 years ago Kensington and Chelsea Community Transport was registered as an Industrial and Provident Society, run by the local community. Since then we have grown from a small scheme, to a thriving Social Enterprise that now employs over 50 people. We started out with 6 vehicles and we now have over 50 and with the help of an incredible taskforce of staff and amazing volunteers, we deliver vital services for local community groups and individuals, while retaining focus on the most important reason for what we do and that's the people we do it for.
We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone at our AGM in September and we hope that you can join us. Details will follow.
We are delighted to be hosting the 2016 London Strategic CT Forum Conference at Bognor Regis on the 13th-14th of April. It will be our third year hosting the event.
In the hopes that we can help our members to deliver more, with less money, we recently applied for funding from the Big Lottery Fund and we are delighted to tell you that our application was successful.
Groups who would like to nominate a member of staff or a volunteer to take part in this free training must meet this criteria:
If you are interested in nominating a member of your staff or someone that volunteers for your organisation, please tell us via email to Lee Nash or give us a call on 020 8964 4928 option 4.
ECT Charity recently published the Why Community Transport Matters ground-breaking report and our Director Andrew Kelly and his Deputy Kathleen Lyons were asked to be guest speakers at the launch night of the report, which was held at the London Living Room in City Hall on Wednesday the 20th of January.
Andrew and Kathleen spoke on behalf of the London Strategic Community Transport Forum's Social Value Working Group, made up of representatives from Westway CT, Ealing CT and Wandsworth CT.
The report is an amalgamation of two studies led to help community transport organisations around the UK demonstrate their social value.
In the first, ECT Charity worked with Deloitte to produce 'Tackling Loneliness and Isolation through Community Transport', a major piece of research into the economic cost of loneliness and isolation.
The report concludes that community transport schemes have the potential to make savings of between £0.4 billion and £1.1 billion a year for the public purse, as well as reducing pressure on public services and helping older people to remain active members of society.
The second study, 'A Practical Method for Measuring Community Transport Social Value', will help community transport organisations make a compelling case to commissioners on the value of their services. It was developed through the London Strategic Community Transport Forum (LSCTF).
We are pleased to tell you that we are now FORS Bronze Accredited. FORS, run by TfL, is a method of recognising fleet operations which comply with the requirements of the FORS standard which is based upon lawfulness, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.
FORS is a voluntary certification scheme aimed at ensuring that fleet operators work lawfully and to best practice as stated in the FORS standard. Specifiers (that is, those who either purchase or set the specification for fleet services) may ask that their suppliers are FORS recognised. The standards cover:
To become FORS bronze accredited we had to prove that we met the criteria set out in the FORS standards and this was checked during a formal company audit carried out at our premises by an independent FORS auditor.
We are very proud of this accreditation. For more information about FORS see the website.
The Rugby World Cup is over, the All Blacks have lifted their trophy and New Zealanders will be celebrating for some time.
We will also be celebrating because accessible shuttles were the unsung transport heroes at the Rugby World Cup. We are very proud that Westway CT were asked to be part of a team, within a wider transport team and it seems we have lots to celebrate when looking at the stats:
Thank you to Ealing CT for inviting us to join the team of CT’s who provided the accessible shuttles at the events.
Groups providing community based activities are invited to apply for up to 5K towards transport costs through the Westway CT Innovation Fund.
Very proud of our Driver Jim Watts, who received a PHAB Award. Well done Jim.
We had a great turnout for our 2015 AGM and it was lovely to see so many people from our member organisations.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 29th of September at 12 Noon. All our members, supporters, volunteers and friends are welcome. Please email and let us know if you will be joining us - We look forward to seeing you.
Catch the Bus Week (29 June to 5 July 2015) is a nationwide campaign run by Greener Journeys to raise awareness of the benefits of catching the bus: how it can “make the economy stronger, help the job market work better and to build a more inclusive society.” The CTA's case studies show how community transport can do all of these things.
We are being considered to be one of the projects selected by AVIVA to potentially receive a Community Fund Award which offers us the chance to secure funding of up to £25,000 for a new community car scheme fully accessible vehicle.
We have been successful in getting through to the voting round, so all we need now is for people to vote for our project. Each person has 10 votes and we would like to ask if you and anyone in your contacts list, volunteers and staff would take a few minutes to vote for us. If we get enough votes we will be shortlisted to the finals where a team of judges will pick the most worthy projects to receive the funding.
All you have to do is register to vote by clicking on this link and then once you have verified your registration all you need to do is search for ‘Westway CT’ and allocate your votes to us. It would be fantastic if we win and get the funds needed to replace the accessible community car scheme vehicle that we use to help less able people live an independent life.
We really do need to drum up the votes!!! Just click on the banner below...
This years event was even better, with seminars like The Colour Works making it even more interactive and interesting. We have had some fantastic feedback and fingers crossed we will be holding the event annually from now on.
After the success of the event last year, we are hosting the London Strategic CT Forum again this year at Butlins in Bognor Regis. We have pop up discussions, workshops and guest speakers discussing topics such as - What's new on the horizon for CT's. Governance Reviews, Common Employment Issues, Integrated Transport and Social Value will be top of the agenda. Leon Daniels, Director of Surface Transport TFL will also be attending and sharing his thoughts about the possible outcomes of the General Election and looking at various Government Options and the Mayoral Elections in 2016. We look forward to seeing you all there.
We are delighted to tell you that our Trustee John Walker, a long-standing member of our Management Committee, was presented with the Sir Cyril Taylor Good Neighbour Award from Brighter Kensington which was presented to him by both The Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea and Sir Cyril Taylor himself. This is a tremendous honour as John was also awarded the cup by Sir Cyril in 2010. We would like to say Well Done!!!! We are very proud.
December 2014 saw the first instance of us running a London Bus Route. BR1 and BR2 were bus services that were commissioned by Borough Market to provide accessible transport to the market during the closure of London Bridge Station over the Christmas period. We had to apply for a London Service Permit and meet the exact standards of TfL.
If you would like to know more about our Door to Door Services we will be holding a stall at the AGE UK Health Fair on Friday the 17th of October from 11am - 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there :)
We had a great turnout for our 2014 AGM. A decision was made to continue with the same theme as last year; to present some of our chosen staff and volunteers with a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of their amazing work and support.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 30th of September at 12 Noon. All our members, supporters, volunteers and friends are welcome. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you will be joining us - We look forward to seeing you!
We are holding a #MobilityScooter Trial Session on Tuesday the 23rd of September from 11 - 12pm at Queen's Gate in Hyde Park. You will have the chance to test drive a scooter and we will give you some basic training beforehand. If you need transport to get to and from the park, please let us know by calling Tracey on 020 8964 4928 and we can arrange this for you.
We will be holding a 'Scooter Trial Session' on Tuesday the 20th of May from 12 - 2pm at Queen's Gate, Hyde Park. Come along and trial Mobility Scooter. If you need transport to get to and from the park, please let us know by calling Tracey on 020 8964 4928 and we can arrange this for you for Free.
Will take place on the 3rd - 4th of April at Butlins in Bognor Regis. The focus of discussion at the event will be: The Olympic Collaboration, Where Next? Following on from 2012 when some 40 CTs came together to successfully deliver accessible shuttle services to make 2012 the most accessible games ever. We should build on this legacy and look at other ways we can work together collaboratively. We will also be discussing What the social value of community transport is? In delivering transport, we naturally focus on outcomes. Is it possible to quantify the social value of a journey for an isolated individual? How would this fit in with impact measurement especially when some are fixated on KPIs? Is it a matter of quantifying numbers of trips? How could we, for example quantify unmet need? We are looking forward to seeing you all.
We are proud to announce that we have replaced our whole fleet with Turbine Equipped Vehicles. This new innovative means that our vehicles are powered completely by the wind and sun, thus saving on fuel and being the most Eco friendly fleet in the whole country (maybe the world). The vehicles have solar panels on the roof and they alone can generate enough energy to power external floodlights and on extremely windy days we estimate reducing driving time by 25 minutes on long journeys. Our spokesperson Lipra Folo said "we are looking forward to a windy but sunny Summer and we are encouraging our drivers to eat more Baked Beans, so that they can help out should the need arise"
It's Trustee's Week and we would like to say a massive thank you to all our Trustees for their continued support and contribution.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our users, staff, volunteers and Management Committee members that attended our AGM, it was an enjoyable and successful event and it was nice to see so many of you. We were proud to present two of our staff; Ronald Lee, and Augustine Dore and two of our Volunteers; Simon Castello and David Cohen with Certificates of Commendation for their dedication to their role, their consistent and reliable undertaking of tasks and their exceptional support and contribution to the users and staff of Westway CT. The certificates were presented to them by His Worshipful the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. We also welcomed a new member onto our Management Committee, Toby Laurent Belson from Brown Baby. We closed the meeting with a final word from Director, Andrew Kelly who said "I am proud to lead a great team with an immense wealth of skills but more importantly with the right outlook and attitude, that ensures we are delivering the best services we can for our customers". Until next year
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 24th of September at 12 Noon. All our members, supporters, volunteers and friends are welcome. Please email email@example.com and let us know if you will be joining us - We look forward to seeing you
We held a stall on Portobello Road market on Friday the 9th of August, with the aim of promoting our volunteering opportunites. I think we all agree that it was good fun and lots of local people were interested in volunteering, which made it all worthwhile
Come along and pick up some information, about our Westminster Community Transport Service and Volunteering Opportunites, at the Westminster Health Fair, Westminster Boating Base, 136 Grosvenor Road, SW1V 3AY between 11.30am - 3.30pm
We will be holding a stall at the Summer Time of Your Life event this Friday the 5th of July 2013 at Hammersmith Town Hall from 11am - 4pm. Come along and see us
Everyone is welcome to come and view our plans to host an outdoor advertising display on Wednesday 5th June from 5pm - 7.30pm. For more information please go to 'Our Future Plans' in the 'About Us' section of the website
We would like to say a massive thank you to our volunteers. Here are some of them....
We are delighted to tell you that our application for the Mayor's 2012 Legacy Project has been successful and we have just taken delivery of 5 virtually new mobility scooters, which were donated from the project and will be used to replace some of our older scooters.
Following a nomination to the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea from Westway CT our reasons for nominating John are below.
John Walker started volunteering with Westway Community Transport back in July 2004 and has been a Volunteer driver for the Community Car Scheme since then. He has also given his time to be a trustee and is an active member of the Westway Community Transport Management Committee and Sub Committees.
Any feedback received from Car Scheme users about John indicates that he has always been positive in his attitude and they say they have always found him helpful, polite, conscientious and caring. John has a real desire to help people in need and contributes to providing this essential service to residents of RBKC, who find it difficult to use public transport. John makes regular time to support the Community Car Scheme and donates not only his time but the use of his car.
John specialises in helping people that need to travel long distances and without his contribution to the Car Scheme people would not be able to visit their relatives and for some this trip would be access to a holiday. John would think nothing of taking someone to the coast for a holiday and returning a week later to bring them home.
His contributions to the Westway CT Management Committee and the Car Scheme have been amazing and he has helped hundreds of people over the nine years he has been involved with Westway CT. We believe that his qualities should be rewarded.
Our Nomination was also supported by the following organisations
St Stephen's Charity
Metropolitan Police Earls Court