• Faye Mear

GAVO Proud to be part of Award-Winning Transport to Health Initiative

GAVO is proud to announce that one of its partnership projects, ‘Transport to Health’, scooped the Community Transport Champion Award at the British Community Transport Awards last week for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

GAVO are leading this Health Board-funded project working with ABUHB, CTA, TVA and PAVO to develop and support community transport provision across the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area. Their Regional Community Transport Coordinator, Faye Mear, is working with new and existing community transport schemes across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, South Powys and Torfaen to develop and enhance services that will help residents access healthcare settings. As part of the project, grant funding of up to £10,000 is available for not-for-profit organisations looking to develop or grow transport services to support patients, visitors or staff.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board was nominated in the Community Transport Champion category for their investment in, and support for, community transport providers in their local area, through setting up and expanding transport to health services. The Award Judges were impressed by the Health Board’s determination to support community transport by investing in the sector, creating the Transport to Health grant fund, to make sure local Community Transport providers are given the resources they need to meet this important challenge.

Since the project was launched in earlier this year, six transport projects have benefitted, including two brand new initiatives – a shuttle bus being launched by The Parish Trust in Trethomas and a volunteer car scheme by Cymru Creations in Tredegar. Existing community transport schemes have also benefitted, including Age Connects Torfaen who have extended their accessible transport service to provide transport to hospital appointments as well as a ‘vaxi-taxi’ to get the older people of Torfaen to their C19 boosters and flu jabs. Llanwrtyd Wells CT in Powys have received funding to subsidise the long journeys required by patients needing to get t