It’s easy to look around at this time of the year, to see the Christmas lights, the trees and the advent calendars and assume that everyone is surrounded by family for the holidays. But for too many people across the country this isn’t the case. There are those who are alone at Christmas, who don’t have anyone to celebrate with, or who are separated from their loved ones without any way to make the journey.
This is why community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays.
Over the next month we are going to be posting the stories of the incredible work that our members do to make sure that no one in their communities has to be alone at Christmas.
Our first post is from Donna Atkinson at Little Green Bus who tells the story of how her organisation rallied local supermarkets to donate food and supplies for vulnerable passengers with no family nearby and made sure they were stocked up for Christmas.
Helen Reed tells us that for the sixth year running, NORDCAT will be putting on a Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas day. Last year her 4 year old Grandson filled in for Santa and gave out presents!
Upper Coquetdale Community Transport, Morpeth, Northumberland
Nicola Crane sent in this excellent video of Upper Coquetdale Community Transport’s 2015 Christmas party. It’s well worth a watch to see first hand the impact that community transport can have at Christmas and also to see Santa driving a very unique sleigh!
Andy Smith from Goole and District Community Transport tells us about ‘The Christmas Lunch Run’ where they take passengers who would otherwise be alone at Christmas to local pubs for “Christmassy food, merriment and no doubt lots of singing on the way!”
“Tis the season to be jolly!’ writes Roshni Gami from Bent Community Transport! Roshni talks about how, each Christmas, Brent CT decorate their vehicles, put on Christmas music and take passengers on a tour of London’s landmarks! Read More.
In this Community Transport Christmas story, Claire-Louise Lawlor from Redbourn Care Group talks about their 6th annual Christmas tea party held in partnership with a local youth organisation. It also includes some heart warming photos of the proceedings!
Paula Woolven tells us about CTLA Community Transport’s mission to bring Santa back to the streets of Newhaven! Riding in a decorated minibus and accompanied by Fairy-tale guests Santa has been out and about, spreading Christmas cheer and raising money. Read more.
“What about when the weather is so bad with snow and ice on the ground making it dangerous for people to step outside their front door?” Rob Kinning tells us about Daventry Area Community Transport’s mission to get food to those stuck in doors.
Christine Maclver from Gairloch Community Car Scheme tell us about how, whilst they don’t always operate on Christmas day, when a passenger needed transport to be with others at Christmas, a volunteer driver made the journey.
In this excellent blog by Kylie Barton we learn about why community transport is at the heart of One Community, linking people to their communities. “So you see,” says Kylie, “Community Transport is really the gift that keeps on giving.” Read more.
Caroline Wegrzyn tells us about about North Holderness CT’s work with low income families and single parents where they give them exciting days out l in the local area. This Christmas they’re taking them on a trip to the local pantomime which “should really get everyone ready for the visit from St.Nick” at Christmas! Read more.
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