The Westway CT Van is now available to former residents of Grenfell Tower
The Westway CT Van can be used, free of charge, to move your belongings from one address to another or to collect goods purchased and donations offered.
To access this service, you must meet one of these criteria:
- You are a former resident of Grenfell Tower, staying in temporary accommodation, awaiting relocation
- You lived in the very close vicinity of the tower, and you have been given temporary housing because of Grenfell Tower, and you are expecting relocation
- You meet one of the above, and you have now been placed in permanent accommodation
To book the van, you can contact us directly or you can be referred to us by one of these organisations:
- Clement James Centre
- Rugby Portobello Trust
- The Curve – Grenfell Assistance Centre
They will confirm that you are a former resident and take some details from you. They will give you a completed, countersigned Referral Form.
You will need to bring or send the countersigned Referral Form to us. Forms can be sent through the post, delivered to our offices in person, emailed to Yousra Bouderouaya, Project Coordinator or sent by fax to 020 8969 5733.
When we have received your referral form, we can then proceed with your booking.
If you are eligible, you can book the hire of Westway CT Van free of charge. The fuel is also free of charge for up to 50 miles. If you would like to transport your goods to a destination that is over 50 miles for a round trip, you will need to pay a small fee for the excess miles driven (95p per mile). Please refer to the terms and conditions at the time of booking.
Who can drive?
We aim to find a Westway CT Volunteer willing to drive for you. However, you can also drive or nominate someone to drive the vehicle for you. Drivers must have a valid driving licence with the correct B category.
Any person appointed to drive will need to have their driving assessed by one of our Training Team before using the van. Please bear in mind driving assessments will need to be booked in advance by email or by calling 020 8964 4928 and speaking with Yousra Bouderouaya, Project Coordinator.
Funding for the Westway CT Van
On the day of the tragic Grenfell disaster, we were approached by some of our member groups and asked if we could help transport donated goods from one location to another. Our policy, because of driver safety, is that large goods must not be carried in minibuses without being securely stored and this is not possible in a minibus. So, instead of using our minibuses to transport the donated items, we used two smaller vehicles from our Volunteer Cars service.
Our drivers moved a considerable volume of goods from the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre to a storage unit in Park Royal but the vehicles were small, and they had to make many journeys. We also carried food donations from Rugby Portobello Trust to the Westway Sports Centre.
A few days later, our team met to discuss the needs of our community and to think of ways we could offer our support to the Grenfell residents. By this time the donations had stopped coming in, but we were wondering how the Grenfell residents would be able to collect donations offered for the present and in the near future.
As a provider of transport, we wanted to stick to what we do best, so we decided that we should purchase a Van, and offer the use of this vehicle to former Grenfell residents who have been relocated. The idea was that the van could be used by residents to transport their belongings from temporary lodgings to permanent accommodation when offered, as well as collect donations as and when needed.
We applied for funds to purchase a Second-Hand Van and to employ a Part-time Project Coordinator and were awarded £24,000 from London Funders. To select a vehicle that met the Low Emission Standards, we needed to spend a little more than we anticipated so Westway CT made extra funds available for the on-going costs of Insurance and Fuel and to offset the salary for the Part-time Project Coordinator.
The project will initially run for nine months, up to and include the end of June 2018.