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Vehicle Update

We still have three of our accessible vehicles off the road after the break in before Christmas, which means we are restricted as to what group work we can do.

Further information has been given to us about the break in, this has been passed on to the police.

We have had some donations from people who had heard about the break in. We are very grateful for this, it means a lot and we can’t thank you enough for thinking of us.

Keep checking this page and our Facebook page for further updates


Christmas

Can we take this opportunity to wish all our individual members and user groups a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the trustees, staff and volunteers here at Gofar. Can we also thank you all for your continued support

We look forward to seeing you all on the buses in the new year


Christmas Coffee Morning

We held our Christmas Coffee morning last Friday (15th)

Really happy to say that we sold out of all of the cakes, buns, quiches etc that people made. We also held a raffle and a Christmas present lucky dip…al of which helped to raise a fantastic £224. Big thanks to everyone who came along to support us


Christmas Gift

Heptonstalls Solicitors gave us a fantastic Christmas gift on Friday 15th December.
The law firm, which has offices in both Goole and Pontefract, presented cheques to the value of £602 from fundraising efforts by its colleagues, which included donations of almost £250 raised by partner Shaun Pinchbeck, after he successfully completed the Great North Run in September.
Shaun Pinchbeck, partner at Heptonstalls, presented the cheque to Christine Dales our business manager.
He said:
“On behalf of all colleagues at Heptonstalls I’m delighted to be presenting a cheque to the Goole GoFar to help towards their valuable work in and around the Goole area.”
“At this time of year it can be incredibly difficult for the elderly and vulnerable to get out and about, so it is even more crucial to support Goole GoFar as they maintain such a vital link to the community.”
Christine Dales, said:
“In a week when one uncaring individual brought so much disruption to the Goole GoFar, our community have shown how much they do care about us and the people we help.
“Following our break in on Monday where four of our accessible buses were damaged, we were on Friday presented with a cheque from Shaun Pinchbeck on behalf of Heptonstalls solicitors, as part of their on-going fundraising efforts for the Goole GoFar.
“We really can’t thank Shaun and the entire team at Heptonstalls enough, it really has restored our faith in the community.”


Break In

Once again, some low life has decided to have a go at our buses….Result…4 accessible buses off the road.
This means we have had to cancel jobs with wheelchairs….outings for lunches etc etc.
It happened on Saturday 9th December between 20.00 and 21.00. He/she had come prepared to steal the catalytic converters as he/she had an angle grinder with them. So as well as having to let down the people that most need our service, it also means our insurance premiums will go up and we will have to turn down work until the buses are back on the road. Whoever did it…well done for disrupting a lot of peoples outings. I know it won’t bother you at all…you obviously have no conscience or you wouldn’t have stolen from a charity.



50 Club Draw – October

The 50 Club Draw for October has been made and the winning numbers are….
1st Prize – Cannon
2nd Prize – Wilson
3rd Prize – Ombler
Congratulations to all three. Next draw will be in November…Remember the Boss’ catch phrase…”Keep dancing!”…no wait not that one…”More members…more prize money!”


Volunteering

Got some spare time? Know anyone with spare time that wants something to do? Well there’s this…..

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Easter Closing

The office will be closed from 15.00 on Thursday 13th April.

It will re-open on Tuesday 18th April at 08.30

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend


Heptonstalls continue to support Goole GoFar

Heptonstalls Solicitors Continues Support for The Goole GoFar

Heptonstalls Solicitors has shown its continued support to one of the areas much loved charities, by presenting them with a cheque from fundraising activities carried out by its employees.

The Goole-based law firm presented a cheque for £300 to The Goole GoFar, which provides accessible transport for the people of Goole and the surrounding areas who are vulnerable, isolated and socially excluded.

Goole GoFar was nominated as the firm’s charity of the year by its staff who have held a number of fundraising events over recent months to support the valuable work carried out by the charity.

Colleagues from the firm presented the cheque to the Goole GoFar team recently including Katie Wright, Solicitor and member of the Social Committee at Heptonstalls Solicitors.

She said:

“Goole GoFar do an incredibly valuable job for the Goole community and surrounding area and we at Heptonstalls are delighted to continue to show our support as fully as we can.”

The firm plans to continue its fundraising efforts for the charity throughout the year to help with its ongoing running costs.

Christine Dales, Business Manager at Goole GoFar, said:

“On behalf of everyone at Goole GoFar, we would like to thank Heptonstalls Solicitors for the very generous and kind donation they recently made through their fundraising activities.

“Donations like this mean we can keep the buses on the road delivering the services we provide which then enables our members to live independently and participate in their community. Thank you so much for your support for our charity, it really means a lot!”

Goole GoFar Cheque Feb 17


Would you like to volunteer?

Do you like to drive? Do you like meeting people? Do you want to help out in your local community?

The Gofar is always on the look out for volunteer drivers for our minibuses and community car.  Here are a few FAQ’s

How do I become a volunteer?

You can give the office a ring or call in for an informal chat with a member of our team

Do volunteers receive training?

Yes. Our volunteers are trained to MiDAS standards by our “in house” trainer. Volunteers also get a free DBS check

Do I need a certain type of licence to drive a minibus?

A Full driving license with D1 entitlement would be required. This would be on your licence if you passed your test before January 1997. You do not need this entitlement to drive our Community Car.

Do volunteers have to commit to a certain amount of hours?

No. Whether it be one hour a week or ten hours a week – whatever you can offer will be a big help to us.

Can I volunteer if I am receiving benefits?

You can volunteer if you are receiving benefits as long as you are still actively seeking work and be available for any interviews or to start paid employment.  You should always check with your benefits agency and you should always tell them you would like to volunteer.

How can I find out more about the Goole GoFar?

By visiting our website – www.goolegofar.org.uk You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching Goole Gofar. Give the office a call on 01405 780344. Call in at our offices on Lower Bridge Street Goole