Age UK & Nottingham Community Transport Partnership

Age Uk

New transport partnership for Age UK Notts and Nottingham Community Transport:

Age UK Notts and Nottingham Community Transport have teamed up to provide reliable and cost effective journeys to our dementia specialist day service at the Sybil Levin Centre on Nottingham Road, Cinderhill.

Launched on 3rd September, older people will enjoy their journeys to and from the centre in a 16 seater, air conditioned minibus, fully equipped to support wheelchair users where needed.

Older people and their carers who come to our centre will also have the opportunity to go on trips to local attractions run by Nottingham Community Transport which is a great way to reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Ian Combellack, Nottingham Community Transport’s General Manager commented:

“We have been looking at innovative ways as to how we can help support the local community and when we were approached by Age UK Notts for a solution to issues created by their rapidly ageing minibus, it was only natural that we should try and help.” Ian added “As a charity, we agreed to purchase a minibus, which will provide transport for clients attending the Sybil Levin Centre, which will increase our range of charitable services, to help reduce social isolation and loneliness.”

This is a great example of charities bringing their specialisms together to provide better services for the benefit of older people. It’s a fantastic solution and an opportunity for Age UK Notts and Nottingham Community Transport to extend their services and work in true partnership style.

Notes to editor:

A registered charity, Nottingham Community Transport was established in 1979 to provide services in the City of Nottingham and beyond. It currently offers Easylink services for those who wouldn’t or can’t access regular public transport. Local bus routes are also provided under the CT4N trading arm. Contact details: 0115 985 6904 or www.nottinghamct.co.uk

The Age UK Notts Sybil Levin Day Service provides care and support to those living with dementia (and their carers). Through a combination of specialist therapies and a range of activities, members enjoy a good quality of life. Contact details: 0115 978 0011.

Meet the team: Richard

Richard Needham

Richard Needham – Easylink Team Controller

Part of the team since June 2014

What’s the best thing about working here?

The working environment in the office and the team work here

Have you driven any of the buses?

Yes; I’ve driven all the vehicles within the company

Where would be your ideal day trip out in Nottingham?

The Ice arena

And a few quick-fire questions…

Cats or dogs?

Cats

Gravy on chips?

I don’t like either…

Football or rugby?

Ice Hockey!

Tea or coffee?

Tea

Where did you last go on holiday?

Zurich, Switzerland

Netflix or cinema?

Cinema

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

I’m very easy going… and I like Ice Hockey if you hadn’t guessed already.

Meet the team: Barry

Barry Allitt

Barry Allitt – Project and Development Manager

Part of the team since June 2014

What’s the best thing about working here?

The teamwork; everyone plays their part

Have you driven any of the buses?

Yes! All buses within the fleet!

Where would be your ideal day trip out in Nottingham?

A nice meal followed by a couple of drinks at the Trent Bridge Inn before watching a T20 game.

And a few quickfire questions…

Cats or dogs?

Dogs, especially Labradors

Gravy on chips?

The best!!

Football or rugby?

Neither…F1 racing and cricket

Tea or coffee?

A nice cup of tea please 🙂

Where did you last go on holiday?

Devon and Cornwall

Netflix or cinema?

The last film I went to see at the Cinema was The Simpsons Movie in 2007…

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

I was UK Bus Driver of the Year in 2009…and I’m resident ‘Thief of Bad Gags’