8th January – Lockdown Again!
Whilst we are in lockdown again, we are still providing a service to our members as follows:
- Shopping trips from all areas. (The timetable may need amendment to meet a reduction in passenger numbers, but the office will be in touch with revised arrangements).
- Dial-a-Rides – book with the office.
- Nailsea Availables Car Scheme – book through your GP surgery.
1st December – Nailsea Availables
In November, Nailsea Availables (the hospital car scheme serving Nailsea, Wraxall and Tickenham) amalgamated with N&DCT. Their volunteer drivers all became volunteers with N&DCT and their car scheme which had been paused during October and November, has re-started.
Users of the service will see no difference in the service provision and should continue to make transport requests to GP, hospital, dentist, optician and other health related appointments via their surgery as at present. This includes transport for coronavirus vaccinations.
Anyone who requires more specialised transport by one of our accessible minibuses should contact the office on 855552 to request a Dial-a-Ride.
26th November – Christmas Shut-down
We will be closed for a Christmas break from 25th December and re-open on 4th January 2021. (Normal shopping trips will be running on Christmas Eve subject to demand). We will open for one day during the break on Tuesday 29th December only when we will be offering a full shopping service for all our members. If you have not yet put your name down for this special shopping day please give the office a ring to ensure you are not disappointed.
23rd November – Christmas Draw
With 2020 being so challenging, we thought that some Christmas cheer would not go amiss for our members, so we will be entering all our members’ names into a Christmas raffle. First prize is a Christmas hamper and in addition there are lots of other goodies to win. If you are one of the lucky winners we will call you with the good news and arrange to deliver your prize to your house before Christmas. Good luck in the draw.
23rd November – Email addresses
We have seen that more of our members are now using email. If you would like us to contact you in future by email rather than by letter, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. Emailing our members will help us save on postage costs.
We will not disclose your email address to any other organisation in line with our privacy policies.
28th August – Prescription Deliveries End
Today is our last day of the Medical Delivery run. Over the lock down period and the months that have followed with your help of the Nailsea Covid-19 Group we have delivered a staggering 3,400 prescription across Nailsea and the surrounding areas.
It is no exaggeration to say that we really could not have done this without the help of every volunteer driver and passenger assistant and we are truly grateful for their support which has made a big difference to a large number of members of our community who have had to self-isolate.
The Trustees and staff at Nailsea & District Community Transport would like to say a very ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to everyone involved – you have all been truly amazing.
17th August – Day Trips to Restart
Plans are in hand to restart our Day Trips in September. members wikll all receive a list and should contact the office if interested.
8th July – Shopping Trips Restarted
Shopping Trips for all areas have restarted today. The service is limited at the moment due to restricted bus capacities in order to maintain the 1 metre + social distancing. More services will be put on to suit demand. If you are interested, please contact the office on 01275 855552
7th May – New Adverts for Doctors’ Surgeries
1st May – Prescription delivery Update
Over 300 prescriptions delivered this week. Total over 6 weeks now over 1200.
Well done to our drivers and volunteers from the Nailsea Covid-19 Group.
24th April – Newsletter from the Chairman of Trustees
NDCT Operations and Coronavirus
Since I last contacted you on the 2nd March, the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the world and NDCT’s operations. We ceased our day trips, shopping and hires on 23rd March, in line with government guidance on social distancing. Many of our passengers fall into the over 70 and vulnerable category and are now self-isolating.
We were concerned about how some of our members would cope without our usual services. The team in the office phoned our members to identify those who did not have any family or local support to help them. Less than 20 members fell into this cohort and once identified we were able, with their consent, to refer them to the fantastic local Covid-19 groups to help support them.
What NDCT is doing to help the National effort during the pandemic
The Trustees contacted all our local town and parish councils to see if there was anything that NDCT could do to help the community. We were contacted promptly by Nailsea Town Council asking if we could help deliver medicines to local residents.
Following a Nailsea Town Council emergency meeting, funds were made available to pay NDCT to carry out medicine and food bank deliveries. Since the end of March we have been busy delivering medicines to Nailsea and the surrounding areas.
NDCT Admin team, drivers and volunteers
The office staff initially were busy setting up telephone and IT systems that would allow them to work remotely from home. They also contacted the local pharmacies to establish what NDCT was required to do. Our employed drivers started delivering medicines and a number of our volunteer drivers also wanted to be involved in this service. We are very grateful for their continued support.
Medicines are now collected from several pharmacies in Nailsea. Our drivers are supported by a passenger assistant, provided from the local Covid-19 group. This works well and allows the drivers to keep in the vehicles at all times and the passenger assistants remain at the back of the buses and deliver the medicines. We have delivered about 1000 prescription deliveries in total to Backwell, Cleeve, Tickenham, Nailsea, Wraxall and Long Ashton in the last month.
We are having regular dialogue with all the councils. Last week we were contacted by the Tyntesfield Medical Centre Group to see if we could provide a couple of our minibuses for them to use. If required, they are to be used by nurses from the GP surgeries, to visit Covid-19 patients. We are delighted to help and agreed to also sponsor their fuel costs. We’re awaiting to hear whether these vehicles will be needed.
AGM and 25th Anniversary Party
We had planned to combine the AGM with our 25th anniversary celebration for NDCT. Plans had been well advanced and Flax Bourton Village Hall booked for late June. However, in view of the current crisis we’ve suspended all plans.
We’re unsure when life will get back to normal and what ‘normal will look like’ in the future but until then, we will keep in touch and NDCT will continue to support the community in any way that it can. If there is anything that we can do for you please feel free to contact the office.
Video about delivery of prescriptions. See:
Nearly 500 prescriptions delivered in the first 3 weeks of the service up to Easter.
NDCT has received a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation to support the organisation through the Coronavrus crisis.
Our thanks to the Quartet Community Foundation.
Deliveries of medicines have continued this week. 320 deliveries were made.
Nailsea Town Council released the following Press Release:
Nailsea Town Council is pleased to announce that a substantial funding package was approved at an emergency Council meeting on the 1st April, to help provide funds to vulnerable residents with Nailsea and surrounding district.
Specifically, funding will be provided to enable the operations of Nailsea and District Community Transport to continue throughout the Covid crisis. NDCT are doing a fantastic job delivering prescriptions and emergency food to residents who are unable to leave their homes. Nailsea Town Council will also be providing funding for the foodbank set up at No 65 High St, which is being run by the awesome volunteers of the Nailsea Covid-19 action group.
Our thanks to Nailsea Town Council.
This week, NDCT has been running two buses a day, am and pm, delivering medicines in support of the local Covid 19 Groups. 96 deliveries this week.
In line with Government advice on social distancing, NDCT has cancelled all shopping trips until further notice.
NDCT has cancelled the remaining trips programmed in the Spring due to the Coronavirus crisis.