SCF hosts a Community Transport Workshop in Langport
On Friday 27th March Somerset Community Foundation hosted a workshop at the Ridgeway Hall in Langport, to discuss community transport issues in the county. The meeting allowed representatives from community groups and voluntary transport providers in Somerset to discuss the challenges they face when trying to meet the needs of their members and clients, and gave them a valuable opportunity network with each other to find mutual solutions.
The day kicked off with presentations from the South Somerset Association for Voluntary and Community Action and the Watchet and Williton Voluntary Car Scheme, both talking about how they operate and their assessment of community transport in Somerset. The delegates then had an introduction to the Somerset County Council car scheme toolkit from Nick Margison – please click here for more information on this scheme. There was ample time for networking over lunch, before everyone settled down for an afternoon of group discussions on various topics, including healthcare transport and assessing the transport needs of their communities.
Somerset Community Foundation Programmes Manager Jocelyn Blacker, who organised the workshop and made sure the day ran smoothly said “we were delighted with the turnout for our first Community Transport Workshop in Langport. Every space was filled, and we have had some fantastic feedback from the groups who attended.”
John Pimblott, who attended the workshop as the Chair of the Cheddar Medical Centre Patient Group, said “I thought the overall theme of community transport in all its guises was well executed in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Both the balance and knowledge of the speakers was excellent, covering community transport companies, County Council and village car schemes in a way that everybody could ask questions and understand their point of view.”