In 2017, CTA secured £1.1 million to deliver a new project to build and support a demand responsive transport network in communities all across Wales.
The aim of the project is to bolster community transport in Wales, creating new partnerships, bringing funding into the sector and creating new transport networks that will connect communities to the people and places they care about. Three years into a five year project, we’ve already brought together transport providers and facilitated partnerships, leveraged significant amounts of funding for the sector and brought new schemes and services to life. The project is split into two phases.
Since December 2017, the project has had significant achievements, from creating new partnerships and services, hosting Transport Innovation Networks across Wales, delivering a range of training to community transport providers, and securing almost £1.8 million worth of funding for the community transport sector across Wales.
Connecting Communities in Wales profiled in Together
Connecting Communities in Wales has been profiled in the latest issue of Together, CTA’s quarterly membership journal. As well as making the cover, left, the magazine includes an overview of the project from Alison Owen, Project Manager and several case studies of the people and projects Connecting Communities has supported over the last three years.
Connecting Communities in Wales has recently released a suite of resources looking at how community transport providers can undertake effective fundraising.
The resources are made up of top tip guides, clear and easily digestible information on a range of topics; how-to guides looking more indepth at key issues; presentations the team have given on key areas of fundraising; as well as example applications for funds in Wales that have previously supported community transport.
Alison began working for the voluntary sector in 2006 and joined the Connecting Communities in Wales team in January 2018. As Project Manager, the scope of her role is varied and interesting, meeting many wonderful people who are intent on developing ideas that bring about transport solutions to connect rurally isolated communities across Wales. Much of her work is centered on building relationships, gaining trust and enabling change through the support of a skilled and dedicated team.
Michelle joined the team in February 2018, having worked in the charity sector for many years. As Project Co-ordinator for North Wales, much of her work focuses on developing partnerships and identifying where Connecting Communities in Wales can add value. This may be through helping to assess local needs, exploring potential community transport solutions, identifying funding sources for schemes, and capacity building to help organisations grow their services. Michelle has seen how vital community transport is for equality of access to employment, health, and social support. At its core, community transport is about helping people to connect.
David joined CTA in 2014 as our Support & Engagement Executive for South and Mid Wales, having spent the previous nine years working in various roles within the voluntary sector in Wales. In 2017 David joined the Connecting Communities project team. This role has enabled David to work with community transport operators and other stakeholders to develop partnerships, explore ideas for community transport projects and seek funding to make those projects a reality. David is looking forward to continuing this work over the next few years, supporting communities to build transport solutions that enable people to get to essential services and social opportunities while improving wellbeing and reducing loneliness and isolation.
After a long career in South West Wales, helping businesses to prosper and supporting people into employment, John is well aware of the impact that insufficient transport provision can have on economic development, individual opportunities and communities. John is now utilising his skills and experience to support CTA’s Connecting Communities in Wales project. Based in CTA’s South Wales office, John works with the project team across both North and South Wales.
Find out more about Connecting Communities in Wales
Connecting Communities in Wales has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Community Transport Association UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Cardiff no. 1985361 Registered office: 12 Hilton Street M1 1JF. Registered as a charity in England and Wales no. 1002222. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC038518.