Coronavirus Update - November 2020

Thank you so much to our amazing members for the much needed and much appreciated donations that keep on arriving!!

We hope that you are all keeping well through this very difficult and strange time.

With Lockdown number 2 now in force we can only provide transport for essential shopping trips which usually run on a Tuesday and Friday.  Seats are very limited so if you need to get out please let us know.  Health appointments can be arranged anytime subject to available drivers and vehicles.

Please ring Tony on 0191 5863136 to book your seat.  Plus if you have a health appointment we can transport you to hospitals or doctors - ring Angela on 01915182633 for details.

Groups can hire our vehicles for essential travel only but they are responsible for ensuring that they follow the Government Guidelines for social distancing.  We have limited seating and also have extra cleaning procedures in place so you can be sure we are following guidelines.  









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. 


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



We are delighted to announce that in 2019 we have been successful in our Lotery bid and have been awarded £32,780.00 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.  Since writing this update the Lottery has gone one step further to support us and have funded £13,072 to pay for essential costs such as vehicle insurance 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.


KNS Automotive in Peterlee have very kindly sponsored us again this year bringing in a much needed cash boost.  They recognise the good work we do in our community and support our Charity wholeheartedly.  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 competative prices.  Give them a ring on 0191 5868877 or visit them at their premises on the South West Industrial Estate or online 

‘Our project has been funded by the County Durham Community Foundation’s E.ON Haswell Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund' with a grant of £3,000 in 2020


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 during '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. 

County Durham Community Foundation

Contact Us

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