Category Archives: Exmouth & District Community Transport Group

Exmouth & District Community Transport Group – Jill Elson is the founder and Chairman of this group

HUB Bus

picture 4picture 2Exmouth Community Transport Group hands back the HUB bus after managing for the last 2 years as the HUB was developed. Jill Elson(chairman) said it had been a pleasure to look after the HUB bus that was paid for by the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ managed by East Devon District Council. We wish the new Well Being Hub created from the Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital every success. The HUB is for everyone who resides in the WEB Consortium GP’s area – Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budeligh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, Woodbury, Lympstone.

This is about giving patients local services provided by the CCG in partnership with the new HUB. The bus is to make sure patients can access this new facility.

 

 

Ring & Ride 25 yrs.

JME 25 yrs Mag Centre Nov 15 v2Exmouth and District Community Transport Group Celebrates 25 yrs of service.

This service has reached its 25 year milestone. They have carried many people who would not be able to be independent without this service. It is a Community Bus transport service for those who are unable to walk to a bus stop could be in a Town or Village.

Jill Elson founded this service and with the help of many people, charities, businesses we have reached this milestone. Thanks to the support of Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Town Councils and Parish Councils in our service area. In addition to these Councils, the trustees, management committee and co-ordinators with others have managed to raise thousands of pounds in grants, donations and sponsorship. We still need to raise over £150,000 per year to keep these services running.

THANK YOU TO YOU ALL

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Jill Elson

Ring and Ride services

WEB Bus Livery 2015

Exmouth and District Community Transport Group

Exmouth and District Community Transport Group has thoroughly reviewed all of its services to make them more flexible and relevant to our passengers. This is also to make our services more sustainable for the future.

Exmouth and District has a growing number of elderly and people with mobility difficulties living in their own homes. Many of these people are living alone or their partner is unable to take them out of their homes. This means many more people are at risk of becoming isolated whether in a town or rural village.

After many conversations with our regular passengers. We made the decision to return our Devon County Council leased vehicle and not to have a school contract which limited our flexibility. We have also had long discussions with our 2 Community Hospitals Leagues for Friends.

Our customers were saying that they like to socialise with others, they wish to visit local shopping centres as well as the supermarkets and Town Centres. Their personal carers are not always able to have them ready to travel by 10am and would like an opportunity to travel in the afternoon.

Starting in August we will be offering Ring & Ride to Town Centres morning and afternoon with the availability of visiting the seafront in an afternoon. Local lunches once per month. Excursions to Sidmouth, Newton Abbot and Exeter monthly. Other trips are organised to various destinations including a lunch. These are at the cost of the trip and passengers pay for their own lunches. This is with our Community Bus.

Budleigh Community Hospital is being redeveloped into a Health and Well Being HUB and Exmouth Hospital is being upgraded to provide the medical beds, x ray, minor operations with an Urgent Care Centre. Budleigh Salterton Town Council led a bid with other surrounding Villages and Exmouth Town Council to the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ and were successful in buying a small MPV with tail lift.  We are working in partnership with both Hospital Leagues of Friends to use this bus to provide transport to both destinations and they have agreed to pay a substantial sum to the running costs of the bus to ensure the fare will be ‘affordable’ to all their clients.

We do have another small MPV with Tail lift for individual appointments – health, visiting friends or relatives, attending weddings etc. This is becoming more popular with fares charged to cover the cost – not all return fares because on occasions their relatives or friends may take them or pick them but are unable to do both journeys.

We also have many bookings from residents from residential or nursing homes to give them a local trip or further away. Some people just wish to see the seafront and have an ice cream – which for many is a real treat.

Thanks to Wendy and Mel our co-ordinators for a great deal of work in talking to our customers and many other local organisations. Making a new timetable work was not easy and will be kept under review. We are very grateful to our voluntary drivers and are advertising for more. We still make many grant applications, seek sponsorship, and donations to guarantee we will be here into the future with a need to replace the buses when needed and to pay the upkeep of them.

Jill Elson Chairman of the Exmouth and District Community Transport Management Committee

Telephone 01395 26 66 62 between 10am and 12 noon or between 1pm and 3pm for information

Web: www.exmouthringandride.org.uk

Email: edctg@btconnect.com

New HUB Bus for clients within WEB GP Consortium area

WEB Bus Livery 2015As Chairman of the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group I welcome a new bus to our fleet. This bus was paid for by the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ and the running costs will be met by fares and the Exmouth League of Friends in partnership with Budleigh Salterton League of Friends. This is for taking people to hospital appointments, other health appointments, attending the proposed Budleigh Salterton HUB being created from the Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital now under development. A very exciting project that will benefit many people.

Proposed Well Being Centre – former Budleigh Salterton Hospital

WEb Bus Side with Ray B, Mel, Jill, SteveWe have had new bus added to our fleet. A grant was awarded by the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ – money from East Devon District Council and Devon County Council supported by all the Towns and Villages within our service area. A big thank you from us. This new bus is to provide transport for clients to attend the Well Being Centre, Exmouth Hospital and other medical appointments. It will have to be booked a day in advance, longer if possible, and a fare will be charged. We are very grateful to Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Leagues of Friends to provide the monies required to meet the running costs after the fares have been collected so that it is ‘affordable’ to patients.

Exmouth and District Community Transport Group has moved to new offices

edctg2014Exmouth  and District Community Transport has moved offices to Unit 16 Dinan Way Trading Estate.  Telephone Number 01395 26 66 62 We currently have 3 buses – 2 16 seater and one small Whizabout that takes 1/2 wheelchairs with escorts used for medical appointments, individual appointments to care homes, solicitors, holidays etc. We will be taking delivery of another vehicle similar to the Whizabout to provide transport to the new Budleigh Salterton Well Being Hub being created at the Community Hospital and those who need to travel to Exmouth Hospital. This will be delivered in January 2015.

These new offices are on the ground floor at the front. These offices will give easy access to those customers who wish to visit and discuss our provision of transport for those with a mobility problem and cannot walk to the nearest bust stop or who live in an isolated rural area.

We are looking for volunteer drivers and a volunteer office workers. The offices have easy access for a registered disabled person and a disabled toilet facility. We need help with answering the telephone, filing etc. All our bookings are by telephone. Training will be given.

WEB Consortium

This bus is for those wishing to attend various appoinments. Medical, social, visitng relatives. If there are appointments that are at a very similar time and similar places they will joint trips.

I have been working closely with the new WEB Consortium of our local doctors to help meet the challenges of providing new services and improving others. The WEB Consortium covers Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, Newton Poppleford, Woodbury and Lymsptone. As Chairman of the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group we have been working with the WEB to ensure people are able to travel to the new proposed Enhanced Day Care to be provided at Budleigh Salterton Hospital and for all clinical work throughout the service area to Exmouth Hospital. Cllr Steve Hall has been leading the bid to the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ to buy a small tail lift minibus – similar to our Whizabout – at a cost of £25,000. We will have to make applications for grants in addition to charging a fare for the £30,000 per annum running costs. These can be reduced by using volunteer drivers so if anyone wishing to volunteer please contact us on 01395 26 66 62 between 10 -12 and 1 – 3 Mondays to Fridays. We will be signposting people who are attending either hospital to the existing voluntary car services that are already working very hard and we will be concentrating on those who are unable to use a car for any reason including using a wheelchair, frame etc.

If there is anyone who would like volunteer to help us in applying for grants, raising funds or could form a ‘Friends of our buses’ please contact us.