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Tower Hamlets Community Transport (THCT)
February Newsletter
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Tower Hamlets Community Transport (THCT)
February 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to our e-newsletter
 
Sent to our members, supporters and friends. Please read on to find out about our innovative digital project, recruitment, volunteer drivers, upcoming training and a new report on the social value of community transport.

If you don't want to miss out on future news then don't forget to sign up at the bottom for regular (about every two months) news. 
 
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Would you like to help shape an innovative digital project

.... with the aim of making transport services easier to access, easier to use and better able to meet the needs of its users?

You are invited to an exploratory workshop on 24th February at 2pm in Limehouse to give your ideas, hear more (including the results of our initial market research)  and help shape the project.

THCT has been grant aided by the City Bridge Trust to pilot a new on-line platform which will be available for other operators and users to join.
 
We’ll be looking at 
- Who currently uses the service
- How we can best meet their needs of all our users
- How we can maximise the availability of volunteer time and vehicle availability
- What "features” users would like to see developed in the future 
 
For more information and to reserve you place please contact Dave.Ahlquist@thct.org.uk
Does your group need a volunteer driver?
 

We know that quite a few of the smaller voluntary groups have found it difficult, in recent years, to recruit volunteer drivers. If this is you then please do contact Dave at Community Transport on Dave.Ahlquist@thct.org.uk. We may be able to introduce you to one of our recent MIDAS graduates.
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Welcome, or welcome back to those drivers who have recently passed, or refreshed, their MIDAS including: Liaquat Khan, from Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association; Ian Jefferson, from Morpeth School and David Walter, who is driving for the Connecting Poplar People Project.
 
We require a dynamic Customer Service & Projects Officer to join us to support our developing organisation.

NJC Scale 5 £23,658 (including London Weighting) pro rata for c. 17.5 hours a week Fixed term 12 months initially
 
You’ll have current IT skills and knowledge of the online world as this is a key focus of this post.

You will have great people skills both in person and on the phone,  be well organised and able to work across  different projects.
 
Please apply by application form by the closing date of 29th February
For an application pack please email:
Dave.Ahlquist@thct.org.uk


 
We still have some vacancies on our March training courses
 
2nd/ 3rd March: Passenger Assistant Training -
Improve passenger safety by providing  skills and information on Legal, practical and safety issues for PA’s to understand and meet the needs of their passengers.

4th March – Emergency First Aid at Work -
Gain skills and confidence to enable you to spot dangers, prevent situations becoming major issues, even save a life.

18th March – MIDAS -
A national recognised certificate, required standard to drive for Community Transport, designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote their safe operation

For more information or to book please contact Dave on
Dave.Ahlquist@thct.org.uk
 
Community Transport can save the public purse £1.1bn a year ....concludes a new report, launched at City Hall last month.

Why Community Transport Matters aims to help community transport organisations around the UK better demonstrate the social value of the services they provide.

According to the report one third of older people and half of over-80s say they are sometimes lonely. It also explains that ‘loneliness can lead to depression, anxiety and mental decline, as well as increased levels of drinking and smoking’. As a result lonely and isolated individuals need more support from health and social care services.

Community transport services are able to provide older people at risk of isolation with the transport they need to access social opportunities and health services.

The report is available from our friends at ECTCharity:

http://ectcharity.co.uk/files_uploads/ECT_Why_community_transport_matters_Final_version3.pdf
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Our mailing address is:

Tower Hamlets Community Transport

25-27 Newell Street, Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tel: 02079876447

Email: reception@thct.org.uk


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