Welcome to Your Communitiy Transport Service

 

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Our details are changing.

From October 1st we will no longer have an office base at our usual address.  Staff have been working effectively from home during the pandemic so we have decided to continue that way to save money on premises.  Vehicles will still be based there however and staff will be on site most days and will continue to meet groups to give out keys etc.  We will still have all the safety features in place such as on site security, cameras and a locked compound so its just business as usual.  Please see our contact page for details of our new telephone contact numbers.  

Groups can hire our vehicles but they are responsible for ensuring that they follow the Government Guidelines on social distancing. They must ensure nobody travelling has any COVID symptoms.  They must also open windows for ventilation, use hand sanitiser, limit contact with passengers, face forward throughout the journey and keep the bus clean as outlined in the driver information pack we give out with the keys.   Extra cleaning procedures are in place so you can be sure we are following guidelines and helping to stop any further outbreaks as much as is reasonably possible.   

East Durham Community Transport (EDCT) was formed in 1989 when it was identified that there was a lack of transport provision within the youth service.  We ran from Blackhall Youth Club with a donated minibus and a handful of volunteers.  From there, with the hard work and dedication from the voluntary Management Committee, we grew over the next few years until funding was secured to purchase 3 new vehicles and employ full-time staff in 1998.   Since that time the organisation has grown into a vital resource within the community of East Durham and is well known and well respected. We have attracted major funding from The Countryside Agency, The Lottery, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Single Regeneration Budget, Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Transition Fund, European Regeneration Development Fund as well as smaller amounts from Hadrian’s Trust, Pathfinders, The County Durham Foundation, Castle Dene Shopping Centre – the list goes on.

Our Services

We run a non-profit, non-commercial Charity and membership can be taken out by youth clubs and groups, luncheon clubs, disability groups, sports groups, uniformed clubs and schools etc.

A message from the Chair, Christine Hepple

Our staff, board and volunteers are dedicated and passionate in our roles and we all believe in the good work that is carried out in our community and that by providing an excellent transport service this good work can be achieved.

Social isolation is tackled, young people can engage in positive activities, people can access leisure and shopping facilities and groups can achieve their aims and objectives.

Everyone at EDCT is committed to ensuring our organisation runs to a high standard in order to continue providing this essential service for many more years to come.  

Privacy Policy - you can find our privacy policy here.  /files/EDCT%20Privacy%20Policy%202018.docx

 

Please don't get us confused with East Durham Taxies - they are a private hire company and not part of our organisation.   We are not attached to the second hand furniture store, called CT, in Peterlee either - this is operated by Newcastle community transport and has nothing to do with our Charity.

 

Please contact them both directly for any private hire bookings - we only provide transport to our member groups.

FUNDING NEWS

Further huge thanks to the Lottery Community Fund for the additional £3,278 we secured which went a long way in helping our Charity continue in this period of uncertainty.  Since writing this update the Lottery has gone one step further to support us and have funded £13,072 through the COVID-19 Emergency Funding Scheme to pay for essential costs such repairs and telephones etc.  They realise that we are a vital service and that we must survive this pandemic to be here for the most vulnerable in society not only during the pandemic but when we eventually return to normality.  We hope to reapply to them this month as the current large grant we hold ends in November this year so like their logo - fingers crossed!

KNS SPONSORSHIP

KNS Automotive in Peterlee have very kindly sponsored us yet again this year bringing in a much needed cash boost even increasing the amount which is a massive help to us..  They recognise the good work we do in our community and support our Charity wholeheartedly especially in these unprecedented times.  We can't thank John Robson and team enough for his amazing support and the increase in funds he has kindly given us this year.  They are a very well established business and supply all types or car parts and supplies.  They are a great bunch of lads (and lasses) who go out of their way to help with advice and very competitive prices.  Give them a ring on 0191 5868877 or visit them at their premises on the South West Industrial Estate or online www.knsautomotive.com or visit their ebay shop at  http://www.ebay.co.uk/str/knsautomotivesho

Great news - The County Durham Community Foundation has once again awarded us some much needed funding.  £4,622 has been awarded to pay for vehicle insurance and safety inspections which is a very expensive cost for us so this is a huge help and will ensure we can carry on our vital services for longer.

If you would like to make a donation to our Charity to help us get through this uncertain time please contact the office number 0191 5182633.  It is with your support that we will be able to continue our services and offer you the transport you need when the world finally gets back to normal.  Thank You.

  

Our amazing drivers, Darren & Norman, out just before the first lockdown collecting food to deliver to a local food bank - its essential that our community work together to help the most needy in our area.  Please keep donating food to your local food bank or collection point in any way you can. 

We joined the Good to Go scheme ran by Visit Britain which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. We update our procedures regularly and keep staff updated with any changes to ensure we are doing all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. 

County Durham Community Foundation

Contact Us

East Durham Community Transport
Unit 7A,
QC Space,
3 Cook Way,
NW Industrial Estate,
Peterlee,
County Durham,
SR8 2HY
Telephone: 0191 5182633