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Member Focus: Minds United FC & MH Awareness Week 

May 14, 2024

Kicking off National Mental Health Week this year (13 – 19 May) Westway CT community minibuses played their part helping to get Minds United FC players to the Woking Wellbeing Tournament and Middlesex FA NWL Mental Health league.

Minds United FC, launched in 2019, is the only community football club for adults with mental health issues in Kensington & Chelsea. Players are all on low incomes and travel is expensive, especially in London. CEO Tarik Kaidi explains;

“As we’re growing there is a fair bit of travel involved and we couldn’t have realised that if it wasn’t for Westway CT. I drive the minibus which saves money because I have a Midas certificate, I’ve been booking a bus every month in the season to take the team to the game.”

“With Westway CT we travel as a team, and this is a way to help our members who struggle with their mental health, who benefit from having travel organised for them, or struggle with travelling alone. Traveling together means no one misses out on the banter and enjoying the pre-game atmosphere – it’s more inclusive.”

Not For Profit & User Led

Westway CT works with hundreds of local groups and charities across Kensington & Chelsea providing essential community transport. We are a powerful tool for promoting independence, self-empowerment, mutual help and we’re focussed on making this borough more inclusive.

Transport is essential for most local groups and organisations but it can feel out of reach, community transport can help. Westway CT is not for profit, community owned and user led, our transport helps people do more. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an amazing community, helping to fight social isolation and make a positive impact on mental wellbeing.

Tarik says, “We can do more for the players with Westway CT, we can get to our games, go to events, tournaments, and when the women’s team went to meet England player Jill Scott, Westway got us there.”

Affordable Group Transport – The Search Is Over!

Over 400 local community groups use Westway CT minibuses across the borough. There is a fleet of accessible minibuses for the community to use, and being a member organisation keeps transport affordable, plus a members innovation fund can help with transport credits or driver training to help cut costs further. Find out what we offer and how to join here