Social value refers to the positive impact of an action, NDCT service, or initiative on society.

It goes beyond financial value or profit and encompasses broader societal benefits such as support for independent living, increased health and well-being, environmental sustainability, community development, and social justice.

Essentially, this is the financial value of the services provided, significantly higher than the income received. Thus, NCDT is a great investment opportunity, delivering more for less.

In the past year, we have delivered a value of £433,774 To the community, the Local Authority and the NHS.

Social value of independent living: £82,961

NDCT is crucial in facilitating independent living for individuals, particularly those facing mobility challenges. By providing accessible and reliable transportation options for older people or people with disabilities, NDCT enables individuals to access essential services, employment opportunities, healthcare facilities, social activities, and other resources necessary for independent living. This accessibility fosters greater autonomy, allowing individuals to participate more fully in their communities, maintain social connections, and lead fulfilling lives without relying on others for transportation assistance.

The social value of reduced Direct Healthcare £12,773

NDCT enables timely access to medical services and promotes preventative care. By providing accessible shuttle services or door-to-door assistance, NDCT helps individuals attend medical appointments, follow-up visits, and therapy sessions, reducing the likelihood of missed or delayed care.

This proactive approach can lead to earlier detection of health issues, more effective management of chronic conditions, and improved overall health outcomes, ultimately reducing the need for expensive emergency room visits or hospitalisations. Overall, investing in NDCT services enhances access to healthcare and yields cost savings by preventing more serious health complications and reducing reliance on acute care services.

The social value of increased social interaction is £133,177
NDCT catalyses improving social interaction by connecting individuals to their communities and facilitating meaningful engagements. By providing accessible transportation options, such as group outings, shared rides, or community events, community transport initiatives enable individuals, especially those facing mobility challenges or living in isolated areas such as Nailsea and District, to participate in social activities and community gatherings. These interactions foster a sense of belonging, reduce loneliness and isolation, and promote mental well-being. Moreover, community transport often encourages camaraderie among passengers, creating opportunities for friendship formation and developing support networks.

The social value of trips for groups is £20,563

NDCT can subsidise transport to make it affordable and accessible in areas where commercial transport operators do not go. Unlike commercial operators, NDCT can provide services based on social needs, not commercial profit.

The social value of increased volunteering is £31,538

NDCT allows individuals to access volunteer opportunities and actively participate in community initiatives. By offering accessible transportation options, such as shuttle services or organised group trips, community transport initiatives make it easier for individuals, including those with limited mobility or without personal transportation, to reach volunteer sites, community centres, or events where their help is needed. This accessibility broadens the pool of potential volunteers, encouraging more people to get involved in various causes and projects within their communities. NDCT also has volunteer opportunities to help deliver its services.

Social value of staff and volunteers £5,965

NDCT provides a local resource of expertise in delivering accessible transport services. Through partnerships with organisations such as MIDAS and CTA, training can be accessed at reduced cost. In addition, NDCT can generate income through training services with profits used to provide subsidised accessible transport.

The social value of reduced Direct Healthcare is £147,226

NDCT reduces indirect healthcare costs by promoting preventative care, enhancing overall well-being, and minimising the burden of chronic health conditions. By providing accessible transportation options, such as door-to-door assistance or shuttle services to healthcare facilities, community transport ensures individuals can access essential medical appointments, screenings, and treatments promptly. This proactive approach helps prevent worsening health issues, reducing the need for costly emergency room visits or hospitalisations. Transport is vital in lowering indirect healthcare costs, improving population health outcomes, and enhancing overall quality of life.