Thank you to all of our amazing Travel Club members for their very generous donations that we have been receiving at this very concerning time.  We do hope that we see you all soon and please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Our Mission Statement

“To provide affordable, reliable, accessible transport to youth and community

groups, charities and other non-profit making organisations and statutory
bodies in the East Durham area ensuring people lead inclusive, happy lives”.

Our aim is to:

Put our community first, Bring people together, Tackle Social and Rural Isolation &Support inclusivity by promoting access for all

 

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Our Background

 

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. 

We do not carry out contracts or private hire so sorry no stag/hen parties or aiport runs etc!!  You must be part of a group who are eligible to take out membership with us to use our transport.  Please contact any local commercial operator in the area if you are looking for private hire.

Our Travel Club is aimed at tackling social and rural isolation and ensuring our communities have access to a decent transport service.   Although there is no age restriction (we encourage carers and family members to travel with our passengers), the club is aimed at helping the over 60's  and we actively encourage passengers with disabilities to travel with us.  The travel club offers daytrips 3 or 4 times a week and has over 2000 members on its database.  We visit some lovely places which are not always easily accessible by public transport including the Lake District, Morpeth, York & Alnwick to name but a few.  We also arrange theatre trips, pub lunches and market trips.  The club has helped many of our members form friendships and it makes a real difference to peoples lives and gives them something to look forward to.  We ask for members input and help with planning of the trips so its a joint effort by all concerned. We pick up near to each address as possible and offer door to door pickups for anyone with a disability. The club is very popular and everyone enjoys some lovely days out, friendships are forged and it beats sitting at home staring at the 4 walls!!

A message from the Chair

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. 

 

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

Coronavirus Update

 As the Government has advised against all unnecessary travel, our Travel Club is not operating until further notice.  We will advise all of our members when it goes back to normal.  If you have any difficulties getting to the supermarket we are looking at ways to help so please get in touch.  All group bookings are also suspended until further notice.  If any community groups need any help such as delivering food for food banks, or with meals on wheels etc just let us know and we will be happy to help wherever we can.  We do hope this situation soon settles down so we can return to normality.  Stay safe and take care of yourselves, loved ones and any vulnerable neighbours.

FUNDING NEWS

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our Lotery bid and have been awarded £32,000.00 over 3 years towards staff salary costs.  This is a fantastic acheivement as funding is so hard to secure and we thank the Lottery staff especially Lynn Stoddart and Clair Docherty, for their support and encouragement.  Further huge thanks for the additional £3,278 we have recently secured which will go a long way to help our Charity continue in this period of uncertainty.

KNS SPONSORSHIP

KNS Automotive in Peterlee have very kindly sponsored us again this year.  They recognise the good work we do in our community and support our Charity.  The 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 competative 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 

‘Our project has been funded by the County Durham Community Foundation’s E.ON Haswell Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund' 

 

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.  Thank You.

Our amazing drivers, Darren & Norman, out during 'lockdown' collecting food to deliver to a local food bank - people like these deserve a medal.  Please keep donating food to your local food bank or collection point in any way you can. 

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