The Community Transport Scheme was set up in the late 90's after the inception of the Council as a way to give something back to our retired residents. Over 60's who are living within the Town Council Boundary can become a member of our Community Transport Group and enjoy outings and theatre trips with door to door travel included.
We aim to provide regular excursions to a variety of destinations. We also frequently provide trips to local musicals, plays and concerts taking place at the Palace Theatre, Cliffs Pavilion or other local venues. Where possible we aim to provide our members with discounts on their tickets to ensure a great day out at a fair price.
We will write to you frequently to inform you of our upcoming trips, you can pick and choose which events you would like to attend, and you are welcome to attend as many as you would like. We ask that you return your booking slip with the enclosed fee and return to the Council Offices as soon as possible as spaces can be limited.
You will be picked up from your front door or communal entrance and taken to the event by minibus and then returned back to your door. We have helpers to assist those with disabilities and our minibuses have disabled access. We also give you a pick up slot in advance so you know when to be ready. All you pay is your ticket cost, refreshment costs if included, and a contribution towards travel costs. All administrative costs are met by the Town Council and we use volunteer drivers and helpers.
It's an excellent way to make friends with like minded people and get out of the house! To apply for an application form contact the council on 01702 716288 or email email@example.com or alternatively visit the council offices within Leigh Community Centre.
As we have sadly been unable to run any Community Transport trips or our Over '60's Social Club over the last six months due to the coronavirus pandemic we have been trying to find ways to keep in touch with our members and to offer them support where we can. When the lockdown was first implemented we contacted all of our members to ensure that they were receiving help from family, friends or neighbours to do things like shopping or pick up prescriptions, and offered help to those that weren't. Over time we have continued to keep in contact with our members via telephone for a friendly chat to help combat social isolation.
We also secured a small number of craft bags full of art supplies, from local charity The Art Ministry to distribute among our members to help lift their spirits and keep them busy whilst staying at home. There are still some of these bagas available, if you would like one, please contact us on 01702 716288.
We still didn't feel like this was enough, so we decided to launch a new magazine specifically for our Community Transport members. The magazine includes things to do, local history, council and community news, information and advice and is being sent out once a month. A digital copy is available to view below.
If you would be interested in signing up to our Community Transport Scheme, then please do let us know and we can send you a membership form and add you to our mailing list. Of course, we are not able to offer trips at the moment, but we hope we can spread a bit of happiness with a friendly phone call or our monthly magazine.