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  • Westway CT sees the provision of transport as a means to a broader aim: harnessing community resources, meeting individual needs and creating social opportunities. It provides a range of low-cost, professional, user-friendly and flexible Community Transport Services to a variety of users, both groups and individuals, meeting their transport needs sensitively and professionally.

    Westway CT is an innovator and initiator of services, open to new ideas and user led.

    Westway CT promotes volunteering and supports the development of voluntary organisations within the local community by keeping services as affordable as possible and targeting them to people with the least means.

  • Address: 29 Acklam Rd
    London
    Greater London
    W10
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.

     


    1) Our mission - Adding value, bringing choice

    In everything we do we commit to being reliable, respectful, fair, ethical and sustainable.

    We believe providing transport and training services are a means to a broader aim: harnessing community resources, meeting individual needs and creating social opportunities. Increasing disadvantaged people's independence, enriching their lives and improving their participation in society; by providing access to essential services, while being sensitive and helpful in meeting their transport needs.

    We aim to keep services as affordable as possible for people with the least means. We offer quality and value for money; as services are delivered to a high standard in the most cost efficient way. We are user led and we have an innovative and approachable team that are always open to new ideas.

    Firmly identified as a Social Enterprise we demonstrate, while delivering our core aims, that we stimulate the local economy and generate local employment opportunities. We offer people the chance, through volunteering and training, to improve their employment prospects, advance within their current employment and obtain useful life skills and vocational training.

     


    2) Measures of services provided

    We provide Door to Door transport for Elderly, Disabled, Young People. 2,000 people are registered to use our Community Car Scheme. As service that uses volunteers to drive individuals in either the volunteers own car or one of our vehicles.

    We also provide affordable access to minibus transport to our membership of 680 Community Groups

    We provide mobility scooters on a short term loan to a membership of 400 people with mobility problems free of charge.

    We provide vocational training courses to unemployed people and our pool of 40 volunteers.

    We run a minicab service that donates all it profits that enables us to deliver our other services for free or at a subsidised cost.

     


    [wpanchor id="casestudies"]3) Outcomes of services

    We have provided over 7,500 individual trips to vulnerable elderly or disabled people who would have been socially isolated. This has enriched their lives and has associated health benefits that reduce their dependence on the the health service, improves mental health and gives them access to friendships and healthy fresh food.

    Over 10,000 bookings were fulfilled for our members who used our minibus transport, these groups are a range of organisations that support the local community we enable them to do their work more effectively and the activities range from social activities, sports, education and life long learning, health improvement and all manner of activities that you would expect from a diverse community.

    The type of people who benefit from these services are young children up to elderly residents of our catchment area. 320,000 passenger journeys were undertaken on this service

    We regularly provide over 200 mobility scooter sessions to elderly and disabled individuals each month.

    We are currently training and supporting 26 individuals to obtain a professional D1 Driving qualification that will enable them to enter the world of work for some for the first time. our success rate is at 87% getting people to pass the tests help them with CV creation interview techniques and the getting them into work.

    This year we have devised a formula to help us calculate our Social value in Monetary terms we will be trailing this over the next 12 months and hope to be able to demonstrate how much added value we can bring and at the same time save statutory and health services resources.