BALLOONS were blown up as a transport charity celebrated its 9th year of keeping Calderdale on the move.
Community Transport Calderdale’s anniversary coincided with a move to bigger offices in Luddenden Foot, where a celebration event was held.
Chief officer Paul Jones said: “Our new offices are so much more suitable for us, we have a large reception area which will allow us to host training sessions and will provide fantastic facilities for our volunteers and visitors.
“With that in mind, we decided to have a celebration and invite everyone who’s helped make the charity a great local success.”
The event was also a chance to present a number of newly-qualified volunteer drivers with their NVQ Level 2 certificates in Passenger Transport.
Emily Cooper, development manager, said: “Without our volunteers our charity would simply not be able to operate.”
CTC helps nearly 5,000 people who cannot drive or use public transport due to illness, disability, isolation, poverty or social exclusion.
Its team of more than 100 volunteers take them on over 18,000 journeys a year, to health appointments, community activities and social events.
The charity also runs the CT1 service, which connects rural communities in the Upper Calder Valley, and CT2, which serves Carr Green and Crowtrees in Rastrick to Brighouse town centre.
The charity is also celebrating funding success, with the move to Luddenden Foot paid for by The Tudor Trust. The trust has also awarded money for a number of staff members’ salaries.
The Lloyds TSB foundation recently funded a salary too and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund gave £163,825 towards two new vehicles.
For more information about the charity visit its new website at www.ctcalderdale.org.uk.
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