New Vehicles For Torridge Community Transport Association
By Torridgecta | Thursday, April 19, 2012, 13:35
Torridge Community Transport Association (TCTA) endeavours to provide a "transportation safety net for all", young and old, able bodied and disabled. The association works with all members of the community to address their transport needs aiming to develop community transport services within the area. These vital services will attempt to tackle aspects of social exclusion brought about by transport infrastructure issues, thus promoting equality of opportunity and improving access to social, health, employment, leisure, and education services.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
Ring & Ride Minibus
TCTA's Ring & Ride service is now operating on a weekly basis throughout the area and this is due to a generous funding award from Tesco's supermarkets. As part of a Section 106 Planning Gain encompassed in the development of their new store at East-the-Water Bideford, Tesco's donated funds to enable TCTA to purchase a 15 seater Minibus. As an added bonus this funding also enabled the purchase of a smaller 7 seater vehicle with wheelchair accessibility offering safe transport for the user who has to remain in their wheelchair during a journey. The three vehicles now operated by the association enable TCTA to offer supplementary services such as a Passenger Excursion Club and a Community Group Hire service giving registered passengers and groups the ability to utilise the vehicles at weekends and evenings.
TCTA currently operates one of the largest volunteer car schemes in Devon providing transport services not just within its core area of 36 parishes in northern Torridge, but also in the surrounding areas as required, meaning that the populous of approximately 50 parishes receives this particular transport solution.
TCTA has a dedicated band of volunteers who use either their own cars or the association's vehicles to transport passengers. These volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation and without them generously giving up their time the services would not exist. TCTA is always ready to welcome new volunteers through its doors and will ensure that suitable training will be offered to those wishing to offer up some of their free time to assist other members of their community by driving for the association.
To volunteer (Car/Minibus Driving) please contact the TCTA telephone: 01237 425522.
To enquire about the services available telephone: 01237 423232