With over 12 years of community transport experience, the organisation continues to flourish and provide a diverse range of transport services wherever possible linking with existing bus and rail routes. 1 in 4 people in our catchment area are unable to drive or do not have access to a car. We endeavour to increase social inclusion and improve quality of life for our customers.
Less than 10% of our income is directly from grant aid, the rest of our turnover is generated income from transport contracts, group hire to local voluntary organisations, work for Arriva Trains Wales and the Heart of Wales Line Travellers Association, event recycling activities and recently the sales of glass cullet products.
It is essential we continue to increase our generated income over the next 5 years in order to become fully sustainable and self sufficient.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Llanwrtyd-Wells-Community-Transport.pdf
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.
Updated January 2017
1) Responding to evolving community demands
We are a very diverse organisation and, although we started off solely as a community transport firm to help isolated people get out and about, over recent years we have seen the demands of the community evolve. We have evolved with the community to meet the demands and fulfill our mission of helping those who face isolation.
We have set up our own community hub where we hold seated exercise classes, coffee mornings, information and advice days, as well as computer access to assistance for those who want to learn.
Our community garden had another successful year, with a lot of produce being made into jams, chutneys and pickles. The ladies who do this have found a new sense of purpose and enjoy comparing recipes etc.
The transport side of things continues to expand. We have just started a new town service in neighbouring Builth Wells as there was such a demand for transport for those who find it difficult to get into town since the local bus route was cut.
2) Making a difference to people's lives - key measures
Being from a very small rural community, our numbers are always going to look small, but for those few it can make a huge difference.
Our community centre for example can have up to 20 people attending throughout the coffee morning, whether that is just for a chat, for using the computers or getting advice, for some of these people, it is the only time they are able to get out of the house other than hospital and doctors appointments.
The ladies who have been making jams etc have told us that it gives them a reason to get up in the morning as they have something to do other than sitting in front of the TV. They have also raised enough money to throw a Christmas party at the community centre.
Despite only being a small rural community, we have had in excess of 800 people access our services..
3) Empowering the local community and reducing social isolation
One of the ladies on the new town service we are running, said she had begun to feel like a prisoner in her own home as she couldn't get out since losing her husband, and this new service was going to be a new lifeline for her.
A lot of what we do revolves around the concept of the wheel; we are the hub at the centre that allows the wheel to move. All the activities we do are the spokes of the wheel - the community centre, the garden, the recycling, the shoppa buses, everything links us to the outer edge, the users. But the different things also link all the users, creating a friendship circle. It gives people a chance to meet people, talk to each other and help each other.
We have people who feel they are alone with no one to talk to, but when it comes to it, others have been in the same or similar situations and are able to offer help, advice and support. They just need that little bit of support from the hub (us). By doing this we are giving people and the community independence and empowering them to help themselves all be it with a little support from us!