We are Westway CT, a community transport operator based in West London
A non-profit Social Enterprise, an exempt Charity and Registered Society
with a team of 16 office staff, around 50 drivers and a large pool of volunteers (including 14 Trustees)
Our goals include championing social inclusion, reducing isolation and alleviating loneliness;
while encouraging our members to live life independently, the way they want.
Have you ever wondered what Community Transport is?
Adding value, bringing choice
In everything, we do we commit to being Reliable, Respectful, Fair, Ethical and Sustainable.
We believe providing transport and training services are a means to a broader aim; harnessing community resources, meeting individual needs and creating social opportunities. We aim to increase disadvantaged people’s independence, to enrich their lives and improve their participation in society by providing access to essential services while being sensitive and helpful in meeting their transport needs.
We aim to keep services as affordable as possible for people with the least means. We offer quality and value for money, as services are delivered to a high standard in the most cost-efficient way. We are user-led, and we have an innovative and approachable team that are always open to new ideas.
Firmly identified as a Social Enterprise, we demonstrate that in delivering our core aims we stimulate the local economy and generate local employment opportunities. We offer people the chance, through volunteering and training, to improve their employment prospects, advance within their current employment and obtain useful life skills and vocational training.
Kensington & Chelsea Community Transport (KCCT - now Westway CT) registers as an Industrial and Provident Society run by its members - local community organisations serving Kensington & Chelsea. Providing community transport with a fleet of 6 minibuses.
The scheme opens for group transport services.
RBKC recognises the value of the scheme to voluntary organisations by providing an ongoing contribution to core funding.
The community car scheme is established
Fundraising raises over £650,000 to develop new headquarters under the Westway (A40).
Minibus Driver's Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) training is launched.
The new premises are completed and the organisation is relocated.
Ten years In
17 minibuses - 470 member groups - 11 office staff - 2 boroughs - 1,200 individual members - 9,000 individual trips - 2M miles travelled - annual income of £455,818.00.
The KCCT logo is updated and a BigBus is added to the fleet.
Home-To-School contracts begin with the provision of minibus services to local schools.
KCCT changes name to Westway Community Transport. The Out & About Scooter Loan Scheme is launched. PCV D1 Training is added to the list of training courses available.
Funding from Campden Charities enables the launch of the Drive Time Project. Working closely with NHS Commissioning and Procurement Managers, WCT is chosen to deliver the PCT District Nurse Late Call Service in K&C and Westminster.
WCT launches Green CT Cars a private hire minicab company introduced as an ethical commercial venture where profits generated are injected into WCT's community activities.
The Westminster Health Link begins - door to door transport services funded by NHS Westminster - residents are offered FREE transport to take them to health related appointments.
WCT is assessed by an independent panel and gains the Social Enterprise Mark.
WCT joins forces with other London CT's to provide accessible transport for the 2012 Olympic Games. WCT is re-branded with a new revitalised and refreshed logo and a new website is launched. WCT is approved by JAUPT to deliver Driver CPC Training. A range of First Aid Training courses are introduced.
WCT ventures into Mainstream Bus Routes for TfL. Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council award a grant enabling WCT to open up Group Transport membership in H&F. WCT hosts the first London Strategic CT Forum Conference at Butlins in Bognor Regis.
WCT launches the Innovation Fund, providing the opportunity for community groups in RBKC, Westminster and H&F, to apply for free off-peak transport credits, to offset their transport costs and support them in their development of new activities. WCT is awarded the FORS Bronze Accreditation. WCT is also very proud to be part of a wider transport team, providing accessible minibuses for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. WCT hosts the LSCT Forum Conference for the second year.
Twenty five years in
West London CCG Whole Systems model begins, where individuals are transported to and from Whole Systems Integrated Care Centres at St. Charles Health & Well-being Centre and Violet Melchet Health Centre. WCT also hosts the LSCT Forum Conference for the third year.
The name Door to Door Services is changed to Services for Individuals and the Community Car Scheme is also changed to Volunteer Cars, so that the service name reflects the way in which users refer to the service. Working in partnership with Dial-a-Ride begins with 6 routes in RBKC, Westminster and Camden.