Clocking up nearly 40 years on the road

Community Car Service drivers meeting at the Polished Knob pub, Todmorden.
Community Car Service drivers meeting at the Polished Knob pub, Todmorden.

A volunteer transport group is looking to the future as it approaches 40 years of service in the upper Calder Valley.

Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) has been helping people on their travels for 37 years and now undertakes more than 50,000 trips per year.

The indepedent charity was formed in Todmorden in 1976 and has increased its services over the years to cover the whole of Calderdale.

At a volunteer meeting earlier this month, members reflected on recent additions to its programme and considered plans for the future.

Paul Jones, Chief Executive Officer, said “I am very proud to work with so many caring and devoted volunteers who all contribute to make a very successful team of drivers and office staff.

“Here at CTC, we appreciate the time given by volunteers with over 1,000 volunteer hours per month to help local residents achieve a quality of life that they deserve.

“Some clients refer to CTC as their lifeline to independence.”

CTC aims to provide transport for residents in Calderdale who cannot access existing forms of transport provision for reasons of ill health, isolation, disability, poverty or social exclusion.

It operates three projects throughout the whole of the borough: the community car service, community bus service, and group and accessible minibus hire.

Destinations served by the community car service are mainly health-related, but other places include supermarkets, holiday resorts, airports, public gardens and hairdressers.

The community bus service includes a Brighouse and Elland bus route and a seasonal service from Hebden Bridge to the moors and Hardcastle Crags.

The minibus hire operates from Luddenden Foot and takes groups and individuals to various destinations including health centres, clinics, and club and association meetings. Jobs vary from daily or weekly bookings to one-off bespoke trips.