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Spring/Summer Passenger Trips 2017 Now Booking

Friday, April 21st, 2017

We have just published our latest Silver Day Trippers and Road Runner Newsletters with details of our Spring/Summer Programme for 2017.

See Our Latest Newsletters and Lists Of Outings

Men Only Group

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

We all know how difficult it is to get men out and about and doing activities. We are having a special Men’s Group outing (a pub lunch, as you might have guessed) to canvass opinion and to see what we can do to get more men using our services. Please call Manuel on 020-8675 7460 if you are interested and please spread the word on our behalf.

 

Mobility Scooter Open Day at Shopmobility

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Mobility scooters can really make a difference tMadge Benidorm-277575o people’s lives, but many are scared of giving them a try. On top of that there are the dangers involved if you don’t know what you are doing. We want to encourage people to come to Shopmobility (at the back of Sainsbury’s on Garratt Lane) on Thursday 2nd June to have a try. We provide training and organise insurance and ensure everyone is safe. We do free daily loans and long term hires and second hand purchase “try before you buy”. Another side of the equation is that with our growing population (weight not numbers) it is getting increasingly difficult to find volunteers to push heavy wheelchairs. Mobility scooters can be the answer and help set people free. Call us on 020 8875 9585 if you would like to attend. Madge from the hit TV series “Benidorm” says you know it makes sense.

Shopmobility Open Day 29th August 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
After nearly two difficult years in portacabins, the new Shopmobility at Sainsbury’s, Garratt Lane SW18 is now open and it is brilliant!DIGNITARIES AT SAINSBURY'S WANDSWORTH
Entrance is via the rear Sainsbruy’s entrance from the car park.
Sainsburys have done a fantastic job and we want you all to come down and have a look. We are holding an open day on Friday 29th August between 10am and 3pm, and everyone is welcome to pop in and have a cup of tea and piece of cake and find out exactly how it all works.
In particular anyone who works with elderly and disabled people who can help put the word around, is especially welcome, and please spread this invite to Social Workers, care workers, Sheltered Housing schemes etc.
To encourage new members, we are offering a free trial shopping trip to all newcomers and will have plenty of leaflets and information. See leaflet here – hard copies on request
If you have a group of passengers who might want to visit together, let us know and we will put on a minibus and you can make it into a little outing.
In a nutshell, we offer
  • A fully Accessible Shopping Shuttle
  • Free use of mobility scooters and wheelchairs around the Town Centre
  • Long term hire of mobility aids
  • Training and assessment
  • Outings
  • Volunteers to help you get around
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES!!

 

 

30th Anniversary Concert a Great Success

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

30th Anniversary for Wandsworth Community Transport

 Wandsworth Community Transport celebrated its 30th anniversary last week (on Thursday 3rd July) with a party featuring the Wimbledon Rock Choir at the Wandsworth Civic Suite. The Deputy Mayor (Cllr Richard Field), Councillors, members of staff, users of the service and volunteers enjoyed a fantastic concert and celebrated 30 years of success for the organisation, which provides minibus transport for community groups and individuals who cannot use public transport.

The Rock Choir performed a number of contemporary classics, with plenty of audience participation, and everyone had a lot of fun. Singing is good for you and the crowds of smiling faces proved the point.

The Deputy Mayor presided over the event and in his speech paid glowing compliments to Wandsworth Community Transport’s fabulous achievement over so many years.

“It was great to see such an amazing turn out” said Managing Director Manuel Button “and to have the opportunity to say thank you to the Council that has supported us so well over so many years and which provided the venue free of charge.

The Civic Suite was jammed to the rafters and it was a joy to see all our members, suppDSC_3169orters and volunteers having such fun. To see that level of support was the best tribute we could ever have been given and shows the power of our organisation, not to mention almost £1,500  raised at the event to go towards a new minibus. It shows what can be achieved by local people working together in partnership.”

Deputy Mayor Richard Field opens proceedings              

Wandsworth Community provides minibus transport for local organisations and its Shopmobilty service provides for some of the most isolated elderly and disabled people in the Borough, providing regular door-to-door shopping trips and trips out to the coast and places of interest.

Anyone who would like to find out more or to join the award winning team of volunteers, should call Manuel on 020 8675 7460.

Pictures provided by Chris Mikami at www.mikami.co.uk

See more on http://www.mikami.co.uk/p332306834

Silver Day Trippers Summer 2014 newsletter

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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The latest newsletter includes details of our summer programme including the new long haul trips to destinations like Rye and Blenheim Palace, as well as all the old favourites. See the newsletter for full details (PDF) and to find out how to book.

New Olympic Mobility Scooters for Shopmobility

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

scooterWandsworth Shopmobility were delighted last week to receive 6 state of the art mobility scooters and a wheelchair from the Mayor’s Olympic Legacy Project. They were used during the Olympics for disabled visitors to access the games and have now been passed on to voluntary organisations across the Capital.

“It is great to be part of the Olympic legacy” said Shopmobility Manager Marcia Millington, “especially as we were involved in running the accessible shuttles at the time and were great supporters of the whole event. It also means we now have some spare capacity and can loan out to people in the borough who want a scooter to have at home. The new scooters will keep us going for several years and the customers love them!”

The scooters were presented at an event at City Hall and the picture shows Marcia (on the right) with scooter user Joy Rogers, the Statutory Deputy Mayor of London, Victoria Borwick, and of course the inimitable mascot for the 2012 games, Wenlock!

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the new scooters or who needs transport or a volunteer to go shopping, should call Marcia on 020 8875 9585 to find out more. 

scootersBackground Information 

  1. The 6 mobility scooters and one wheelchair were provided by the Mayor’s Olympic Legacy Project and delivered on 26th April 2013.
  2. Wandsworth Shopmobility is based at Sainsbury’s Supermarket Garratt Lane SW18, and is operated by Wandsworth Community Transport (WCT) and funded by Wandsworth Borough Council. They won the Queens Golden Jubillee Award in 2002.
  3. Wandsworth Shopmobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs along with volunteers to push them. It also runs a door-to-door accessible minibus service that takes elderly and disabled Wandsworth residents to the Town Centre.
  4. WCT has over 1000 passenger members, and most of these regularly use their Shopmobility service. Latest figures show that more than 11,000 return passenger trips are completed each year. The 90 volunteers involved in the project, help by driving the minibuses and pushing wheelchairs etc.
  5. WCT provides accessible minibuses to community groups and individuals in Wandsworth. In addition, WCT offers trips to elderly and disabled residents of the borough. Application forms for membership may be obtained by telephoning WCT on 020-8675 3812.

Jane Ellison MP Tries Volunteering at Shopmobility

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Jane Ellison MP at ShopmobilityWandsworth Shopmobility provides regular shopping trips for elderly and disabled people in Wandsworth and uses an award-winning team of volunteers to help push wheelchairs and give a helping hand. They were delighted to welcome Battersea MP, Jane Ellison, and give her a taste of how the service works and what the volunteers actually do. Jane was keen to get involved and help one of the shoppers, (Margaret Howden, pictured), and after a quick wheelchair training session, was soon cruising the supermarket aisles, and filling her trolley.

“It was quite an eye-opener seeing how busy they were at Shopmobility, with the volunteers doing such a great job” said Ms Ellison. “It was obvious that her weekly shopping trip was really important to Mrs Howden, and it was great to be able to help her.”

Shopmobility have over 1,000 service users and always need new volunteers to help out. They really hope that the example shown by their local MP will encourage new people to come and join in.

“We are always looking for new volunteers, as well as people who need to use our services” said Shopmobility Manager, Marcia Millington. “Anyone in Wandsworth who finds it difficult to use public transport can join and membership is free. As well as our regular shopping trips we do trips out to the coast and other places of interest. We provide wheelchairs and electric scooters and of course a marvellous volunteer to help if you need one.

Many of our passengers would be stuck indoors if it wasn’t for our volunteers and it is difficult to stress how important a role they play in keeping people active and independent, out and about, meeting people and making new friends. Anyone who wants to help or use the service should give us a call on 020-8875 9585 and give it a try.”

Background Information

  1. The visit took place on Wednesday 1st August 2012. Pictured are Battersea MP Ms Jane Ellison and Shopmobility member Mrs Margaret Howden.
  2. Wandsworth Shopmobility is based at Sainsbury’s Supermarket Garratt Lane SW18, and is operated by Wandsworth Community Transport (WCT) and funded by Wandsworth Borough Council. They won the Queens Golden Jubillee Award in 2002.
  3. Wandsworth Shopmobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs along with volunteers to push them. It also runs a door-to-door accessible minibus service that takes elderly and disabled Wandsworth residents to the Town Centre.
  4. WCT has over 1000 passenger members, and most of these regularly use their Shopmobility service. Latest figures show that more than 11,000 return passenger trips are completed each year. The 90 volunteers involved in the project, help by driving the minibuses and pushing wheelchairs etc.
  5.  WCT provides accessible minibuses to community groups and individuals in Wandsworth. In addition, WCT offers trips to elderly and disabled residents of the borough. Application forms for membership may be obtained by telephoning WCT on 020-8675 3812.


WCT delivers on Christmas Day

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Every year Battersea Park Rotary Club put on a fantastic Christmas Day lunch for the elderly and disabled people of Wandsworth and every year WCT mobilises its entire fleet of minibuses to provide transport. We know from our many passengers who attend that it is incredibly important to them and that they put on a wonderful day.

Its a great example of the Big Society in action and something that all those who help should be proud of. In that spirit, I would like to add my personal congratulations and pay tribute to all our drivers who get involved. When many Community Transports have their minibuses locked in their yards on Christmas Day, all 25 of ours are out. That’s 25 of our drivers who volunteer to drive every Christmas Day, and I for one am mightily impressed.

So congratulations are definitely due all round and I look forward to the same again next year!

Manuel Button
Manging Director

Silver anniversary for Wandsworth Community Transport

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Wandsworth Community Transport celebrated its 25th anniversary last week (on Tuesday 29th July) at a special reception held at the Wandsworth Civic Suite. The Mayor, Councillors, members of staff, users of the service and volunteers enjoyed a fun filled afternoon and celebrated 25 years of success for the organisation, which provides minibus transport for community groups and individuals who cannot use public transport.

Entertainment was provided by the Baked Bean Theatre Company, which works with people with learning disabilities and has used Community Transport minibuses since it was formed over 10 years ago. They presented some excerpts from their latest work “Space Up Your Life” which were so full of energy and fun that the rest of the afternoon was guaranteed to be a success.

The Mayor presided over the event and presented awards to several volunteers who had given outstanding service over many years.

“It was great to see such an amazing turn out” said Managing Director Manuel Button “and to have the opportunity to say thank you to the Council that have supported us so well over so many years, as well as to the volunteers that have made it all possible. From small acorns great oaks do grow, and I feel our organisation is a great example of this and of what can be achieved by local people working together in partnership.”

Wandsworth Community provides minibus transport for local organisations and its Shopmobilty service provides for some of the most isolated elderly and disabled people in the Borough, providing regular door-to-door shopping trips and trips out to the coast and places of interest.

Anyone who would like to find out more or to join the award winning team of volunteers, should call Manuel on 020 8675 3812.

Background Information

Wandsworth Community Transport (WCT) provides accessible minibuses to community groups and individuals in Wandsworth. In addition, WCT offers trips to elderly and disabled residents of the borough. Application forms for membership may be obtained by telephoning WCT on 020-8675 3812.

WCT vehicles are fitted with seat belts for every passenger, are fully accessible with taillifts for passengers with mobility difficulties and users of wheelchairs. Fully trained, caring drivers and, if necessary escorts are provided for all trips to ensure the maximum comfort for passengers.

WCT is funded by the local Council and is established to provide services that benefit disabled and elderly residents and local voluntary and community organisations in Wandsworth. WCT has been involved in providing these services since 1983.WCT runs Wandsworth Shopmobility, based at Sainsbury’s Supermarket on Garratt Lane, which provides, on loan and free of charge, powered scooters, electric or manual wheelchairs, and a volunteer escort, if necessary, to help anyone with a mobility problem.