Category Archives: Organisations

Gotham & District Local History Society

The Gotham and District Local History Society was originally formed in 1974. Regular monthly meetings with appropriate speakers are held at 7-30pm in the Gotham Memorial Hall, Nottingham Road, on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of August. Other topics and correspondence are discussed after each talk. No membership joining fee is required. There is a separate attendance fee on the night. Typically 25-30 people attend the meetings.

For more information please visit the Society’s new and improved website HERE.

John transported with delight

Meet John Powdrill – the latest voluntary driver who joins Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme (RVTS) from Gotham. John is ready to transport new passengers with delight in the Gotham and East Leake areas. RVTS has provided community transport for 30 years using friendly, volunteer drivers.

John says: “I spent most of my working life in sales dealing with a wide range of people and for the past ten years I’ve been working in customer services at East Midlands Parkway railway station helping people with their transfers from buses to the train, dealing with their luggage and any problems caused by late trains or coaches. I’m still doing this part time. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cycling and sport, but I felt that I could be of help to people who need to get out of the house using the skills I’ve gained in dealing with the public and also my driving ability. Volunteer driving seems an ideal way to use my time and my skills.”

Carolyn Perry, chief executive, explains why passengers use the service: “Our customers benefit from getting out and about and this helps prevent loneliness, plus they maintain their independence, dignity and respect. We also help ease pressure on health and social care.”

Most customers are elderly, or have disabilities, but some are younger. RVTS helps them get to health appointments, hairdressers, shopping, social activities and to see family and friends. Customers benefit from safe and affordable journeys with DRB-checked voluntary drivers. Passenger who use the service don’t drive or have access to a car, they find it difficult to use public transport and their family is often at work during the day when they want to go out and about.

Customers pay an annual registration fee, a booking fee and 45p per mile for journeys. The service operates weekdays 8.30am to 5pm. RVTS has a Community Transport Quality Mark – the sign of a top quality service.

Interested? Got elderly parents or a partner that needs to get out?

Call 0115 969 9060 or email transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk for more information and a registration pack.

The photo shows John Powdrill – our latest volunteer driver.

Voluntary Transport Scheme
Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service
The Pump House, Abbey Road, West Bridgford, NOTTINGHAM NG2 5NE

Tel: 0115 9699 060 (then press 1 for Transport)
Email: transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk
Our website www.rushcliffecvs.org.uk

The Transport Scheme is open for passenger bookings:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12.30pm

Urgent calls to the Transport Scheme outside of booking hours should be directed to our main reception telephone: 0115 9699 060

Shopmobility

Shopmobility – not just shopping any more…

West Bridgford Shopmobility is a charity which helps people with mobility problems to enhance their quality of life; for an annual fee of just £10, it provides mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers and scooters) to enable them to visit shops and places of interest in the central West Bridgford area.

However, over their 14 years of operation, needs have changed, and Shopmobility has broadened its range of services to operate a short-term hire scheme (payable weekly), so it’s now possible to take a scooter or wheelchair home with you.  Or indeed, away with you…

Look at the many benefits this provides:

Going on holiday in the UK?

You can hire a collapsible scooter, which can fit in the boot of a car (or the luggage compartment of a bus), so you can get around easily while you’re away.

Guest with mobility problems?

If you have a visitor with mobility problems, we can provide you with a wheelchair or scooter for as long as you need it.

Been poorly, or just out of hospital?

If you’ve been ill, or broken a leg, or are recuperating after a hospital stay, we can get you out and about again.

Blue badges? You don’t have to be registered as disabled to take advantage of the Shopmobility service; scooters are fully insured, and you’ll be given full training on how to use them.

The typical cost for the weekly hire of a lightweight scooter is just £30 for members, plus a refundable deposit.

West Bridgford Shopmobility is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm, and you’re welcome to drop in to their office behind West Bridgford Library and chat to one of the volunteers.  Alternatively, call them on 0115 981 5451, or go online at www.wbshopmobility.co.uk

Gotham Library Volunteers Wanted

GOTHAM LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries, who are contracted to deliver library services by Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking at different ways to provide sustainable library services. This includes setting up partnerships with community groups and schools across the county. The Gotham Memorial Hall Trustees are looking for interested volunteers to help maintain the current opening times and potentially increase opening times in the future. So, if you would like to gain some work experience or meet new people and love books, we would be interested in hearing from you. Volunteering duties may include shelving books, keeping the library presentable and helping customers in the library. Inspire will offer full training and for those interested, the opportunity to work towards our volunteering certificate.

Please contact Mrs. Pat Dines on 01159830582 or email patriciadines@sky.com or Eric Perrell on 0115 9749023 or email ericperrell6@gmail.com for further details.

Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme

About the Scheme

Our Voluntary Transport scheme provides safe and affordable transport to people who experience difficulties accessing transport.

Volunteer drivers use their cars to provide a ‘door to door’ service to passengers who do not have access to personal transport or are unable to access public transport due to lack of service, ill health, frailty or poor mobility.

Here’s what some of our passengers say:

“Makes me feel safe knowing it’s a reliable driver”

“Excellent service, office staff and drivers very helpful and caring”

“Unbelievably helpful, you couldn’t have a better service” Mr S

“Without this service I would be housebound, it is really comforting to know that you are there” Mrs H

Who can use the Transport Scheme?

To use the scheme a person must be a resident of Rushcliffe who is unable to make their journey by public transport or other means. Reasons for eligibility might include geographical remoteness, a lack of public transport, disability or ill health. Passengers using the scheme do need to be able to get in and out of an ordinary car unaided or be accompanied by someone who can assist them.

How does it work?

To use the scheme, passengers must complete a registration form which can be requested by contacting our offices. Dial 0115 969 9060 and press 1 or email transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk and we will send one out to you in the post.  It costs £25.00 to register for the year or £35.00 for couples and we re-register all our passengers annually in July.

Once registered on the Scheme, passengers can request up to 3 journeys a week. To book transport, passengers can telephone the office on weekday mornings (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm). We need at least 2 working days notice to book transport so that we have time to allocate a volunteer driver. If a passenger needs to cancel their journey, it is important that they tell us as soon as possible, or in some cases, passengers may still be charged. Cancellations can be made at any time by telephoning the office; an answerphone is available 24 hours on which you can leave messages.

Calculating the cost of the journey?

£1 booking fee per journey
45p per mile for all mileage incurred by the driver

We endeavour to use the nearest driver to your home address. However, please be aware that costs may vary according to where the driver is setting off from as they may be completing other journeys on behalf of the scheme. If the driver has to come from further afield we will inform you.

Passengers may share journeys where this is possible or practical. Passengers who share a car will each be charged the relevant proportion of the total mileage cost.

Payment is made in cash to the volunteer driver who will issue you with a receipt.

Escorts travel free of charge.

Who are the drivers?

All the drivers are volunteers who use their own cars to take passengers on journeys. We have over 80 drivers who are reliable, trustworthy and dedicated. Many are retired and several fit their volunteer driving in around work and other commitments. Drivers choose how often they want to drive and are reimbursed for all mileage incurred. All our volunteer drivers are interviewed before they start, have references checked and a security check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. They receive support from the Transport Organisers. Here’s what a few of our drivers have had to say about the volunteering for the scheme:

“It is a pleasure meeting new people and giving them a helping hand”

“The passengers are so appreciative”

We always welcome new drivers to join our friendly team. If you have a couple of hours to spare a week, enjoy driving and have a telephone then please get in touch. If you would like to drive in Rushcliffe, please dial 0115 969 9060 and press 1 or email transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk .

Passenger Feedback

Every year, we ask passengers for feedback about the scheme. This is then assimilated into a report which is available on our website. You can download last year’s report here.