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    • by Caroline Whitney
      Director for England

    CTA is pleased to announce we have received funding from the DfT Tackling Loneliness with Transport Fund.  Community Transport is a lifeline for those that are socially isolated, enabling them to remain connected with friends, family and their community.  CTA will be working with around 20 pilot projects across England and will provide a Grants Plus package, including a peer network and knowledge hub to share ideas, co-create resources and share best practice on interventions which effectively tackle loneliness.

    The pilot projects will fund local interventions which provide additional capacity to extend their reach into communities experiencing loneliness, expand current services or to create volunteering opportunities, recruiting people who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation or loneliness.  The programme will demonstrate the positive impact on the volunteers as well as passengers.

    With the extra wrap around support for the pilot schemes a core strategic aim is to enable these operators to future proof their organisations and continue to support beneficiaries through high quality service and accessible locally tailored transport solutions.

    The programme will be creating a Tackling loneliness training module.  This will be available to all CTA members and will enable coordinators, drivers and passenger assistants to understand how people are affected by loneliness and have supportive conversations.

    We will be ensuring that the resources are available to all CTA members and we will be sharing the evaluation and results from the pilots and support members who are interested in learning from the pilot and investigating new services.

    To keep up to date with this programme and other CTA initiatives sign up to our new England E-bulletin.

    Funding for transport projects to help tackle loneliness – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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