£150,000 grant funding awarded to vital community projects across Strathclyde

Organisations that provide everything from employment to healthcare advice have received SPT funding totalling £146,843.

No less than seven community transport-based projects were given the crucial financial support to carry on with their valuable and, often, life-changing work. The funding increases accessibility to social, recreational and other community activities through the provision of transport.
SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna said:
“We run the Glasgow Subway, manage a raft of bus contracts, look after several bus stations but in addition to all of that, SPT supports several local initiatives that enrich the lives of many people throughout Strathclyde.
“These type of projects offer services and opportunities that are not otherwise available, for example transport to GP appointments for the elderly and skills development for the unemployed.”
Access to Employment Ayr, Coalfield Community Transport, Community Transport Glasgow, Getting Better Together, North Area Transport Association, The Rural Development Trust Ltd and Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme were awarded funding between 1 July 2013 and 31 January 2014.
Councillor McKenna continued:
“Without these schemes, many people would be utterly lost. Simple things like having the chance for regular social interaction can make all the difference to a person’s overall quality of life.
“I’m delighted that SPT understands the value and recognises the importance of community transport projects and I hope that this will continue long into the future.”

Access to Employment Ayr provides support to local unemployed residents to gain and retain employment opportunities. The organisation received £10,560 towards its community transport project in the Kyle area of South Ayrshire. 5,560 journeys have been made since November 2012.

Coalfield Community Transport provides affordable and accessible transport to local community and voluntary groups in East Ayrshire. Funding of £35,397 was granted in respect of Coalfield’s Skares & Sinclairston community transport links and demand responsive transport service for Cumnock and the surrounding area.

Community Transport Glasgow supports and promotes the delivery of high-quality, accessible and reliable transport for communities in Glasgow and the surrounding area. £23,166 grant funding was awarded for its community transport scheme in Drumchapel.

Getting Better Together is a community centred health initiative that promotes health and wellbeing to local residents in Shotts and the surrounding area. Funding of £6,778 was awarded in respect of its transport link to the Airdrie at Home Centre for local young people.

North Area Transport Association (NATA) aims to serve socially excluded groups in North Glasgow by providing accessible affordable community transport to effectively link with local service providers. £26,943.80 was awarded for the extension of two pilot community transport schemes (Townhead and Sighthill/Trongate).

RSVP (The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) based in East Renfrewshire operates a volunteer car scheme to provide transport for patients to access GP, clinic and hospital appointments through a referral process. In 2012/13 2,852 patients were transported. RSVP was awarded £14,000 to maintain its activities.

The Rural Development Trust Ltd (RDT) provides community transport services to more than 350 community groups within South Lanarkshire, mainly taking community groups on trips and outings. £30,000 was awarded to RDT to continue this work.