Churchill & Langford Minibus Society - Good Companions
A 'Good Companions' scheme is operated by the Minibus Society - with the support of local businesses, Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, Thatcher's Cider and Alvis Brothers - to help combat social isolation in the local community within a 10-mile radius of Churchill. It takes people out for social outings to places of interest with refreshment stops for tea, coffee and cake. To join the scheme or nominate others who could benefit, contact Anthony Brown (01934 862306) or Laura Batt (01934 863679). Click here for more details.
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CHURCHILL AND LANGFORD MINIBUS SOCIETY
Contact: Malcolm Letts -- Chairman - Tel: 01934 852314
The Society has been providing transport for the villages of Churchill, Upper and Lower Langford, Burrington, Rickford, Shipham, Sandford, Winscombe for 42 years thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, past and present. Sadly there is a common misconception in that many people think that they have to be “elderly” in order to be a member of the society but this is by no means the case. Anyone who has need of transport (both able bodied and disabled) of any age is eligible for membership. In these days of rising fuel costs and the need for sustainable transport we would welcome more inquiries from people wanting to improve their ‘carbon footprint’. We currently run two minibuses (with electric ramp for disabled / wheelchair access) to take people from the villages into Weston-super-Mare eight times during each two-week period We also take people to Winscombe, Wrington, Worle, Clevedon, Yatton, Wells, Nailsea, Bath, Cribbs Causeway and Street. In addition we take people to the monthly Senior Screenings at the Curzon Cinema Clevedon and other social outings subject to availability within the scheduled timetable. See link
The timetable is available from the Booking Secretary Laura Batt on 01934 863679 who will add you to a mailing list or make you aware which public notice boards the schedule is displayed on. The schedule has the names of the organisers to contact for each trip. In addition the minibus is also available for local organisations to transport their members to local functions and we also undertake a limited amount of unscheduled social trips. (Please contact the booking secretary for details) For over 40 years all our expenses have been met by local donations, fund raising, and contributions from travellers on the bus. We are proud of our achievements over this time and hope that - whether or not you use the bus - you will support any appeal raising funds or consider donating to our charity. We constantly need to raise funds to meet both our short and long term needs. Our new vehicle cost £46,000 (an adapted mini bus which will allow disabled travellers including those in wheelchairs the ability to use the vehicle). Membership of the Society is free to anyone in our catchment area plus a journey fee of £2 or £3 for each scheduled trip.
For further details see http://www.burrington-pc.org.uk/bus-services/
Recently the Chew Valley Village Agents Team were informed of two sources of funding which may be particularly appropriate both for those more elderly and for those in rural environments.
Firstly, SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), provides lifelong support to those who are serving or who have ever served in the British Army, Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force, and their families. This includes both Regulars and Reserves and anyone who has completed National Service. SSAFA can give practical, emotional and financial support for you and your family . The range of what can be offered is wide and includes Care Homes, Additional Needs Support, Healthcare, Housing Assistance and Respite Care. Through their network of trained volunteers and professional staff they can assess your needs and refer you to a caseworker who will look at what support may be available. The Avon and Severnside Branch can be contacted on 0117 9638082, however, depending on where you live you may be redirected to a more local branch to you. Or visit the website at www.ssafa.org.uk
Secondly, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I ), helps people of limited means in time of financial need. They help working farmers and farmworkers in emergencies, for example following illness, accident, bereavement, family breakdown , or animal disease, and offer long-term help to elderly and/or disabled people who have been farmworkers.
Support includes one-off or regular grants, as well as payment for things like lifeline alarms, mobility aids, essential household goods, and temporary labour. In addition they run residential homes, help with home-help costs and residential home fees , and their Gateway project helps people to develop skills to supplement their income through training grants.
You can call their freephone helpline on 0300 3037373. Or take a look at their website at www.rabi.org.uk
If you would like to have a chat about something that you may wish to refer to either of the above , do feel free to contact Lyndsay Newman, your Village Agent on 07967 345559 or 01275 888803. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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