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What is Community Transport?

What is Community Transport?

This is the General Definition

Community Transport generally means transport which is designed, specified and developed by the communities it services, and which is provided on a not-for-profit basis in direct response to the identified needs of those communities.

This is how Goole Gofar likes to define Community Transport

Allowing someone who is socially excluded the chance, even if it is just once a week, to get out of their house and do some shopping. Giving them the opportunity to meet with other people on the bus. Letting them retain a small piece of independent living.

Not driving past when someone you thought would be getting on the bus is not there. Stopping and going to check if they are okay and if they are not, contacting someone for them.

Sitting and listening to someone. The driver may be the only person they have seen for who knows how long.

Taking their shopping back to the house for them. Making sure that they are okay before you leave.

Being patient – not everyone can get on and off the bus quickly.

Knowing your passengers so you can tell when something is just not “quite right” with them.

Picking people up from their house and taking them to hospital or doctors’ appointments because they are unable to walk to a bus stop.

Taking them back home from the appointment as soon as possible afterwards, so they are not left sitting in a waiting room for hours.

Taking group members to rehearsals and shows, because they are unable to access regular transport and because if we did not, they would not be able to be part of such a great community organisation.

Organising lunch outings for people who may not be able to afford it, so they can get out, have a nice meal and a “good old natter”

Ploughing any monies made from work back into the charity, so we can continue to help those most in need in the community

Community Transport? – The clues in the name really isn’t it

 

The Goole GoFar – “Transport at the Heart of the Community”


Tesco #BagsofHelp Initiative

Really pleased to tell you that we have received funding from the Tesco #bagsofhelp initiative. The funding will go to our “Outdoor Fun and Learning Project”
A big thank you to everyone that used their blue tokens to vote for us at Tesco stores.
Once the project is up and running we will post some updates.
Thank you all again

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GoFar 50 Club

Gofar 50 Club….Have you joined yet? Do you want to join and stand a chance of winning some cash each month.

Our Random Number Generator picks out….random numbers…and three lucky people will win cash prizes.

If you want details of how to join “the club” give the office a call on 01405 780344

Christine, the boss, has a catch phrase for the 50 Club…”More members….More prize money!”


GoFar Charity Ball

The Goole GoFar Charity Ball that was due to take place on Saturday 11th March has been CANCELLED due to low ticket sales.

Unfortunately, we reached a point where, had we continued in the hope of ticket sales improving and then had to cancel at the last minute, we would have lost a lot of money and as a charity that is something we cannot afford to do.

Can we thank the companies and individuals that supported us with sponsorship, raffle prizes and buying tickets. All monies/prizes will be returned.

To say we are disappointed is an understatement. We are striving towards making the charity as self-sufficient as possible and this event would have helped in a small way. A great night had been planned (over the past year) and we had two great comedy acts to entertain people. Sadly, it is not meant to be, so we shall move on and look at other ways to raise funds.

 Again, a massive thank you to those who offered support, it means a lot to know you were willing to help.

We shall continue to offer our services to those most in need within our community.

 

 

The Goole GoFar

“Transport at the Heart of the Community”


Gofar 50 Club – January Draw

It’s that time again…Gofar 50 Club draw!!
Sadly no video this time as we are very busy in the office. We did manage to grab Mr Scott one of our drivers and he operated the Random Number Generating Machine and these numbers came out…
1st Prize. No. 20 – Chessman
2nd Prize. No. 5 – Gaylor
3rd Prize. No. 2 – Wallace…
Congratulations to all three winners.
Remember, “More members – More prize money!”


Tesco Bags of Help Initiative

The Gofar is truly honoured to have been chosen as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative.
Tesco have teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help Initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups andprojects in each and around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5000, £2000 and £1000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 2 to 28 January on who should receive the £5000, £2000 and £1000 awards

You can vote in store for us from 2 – 28 January

 

You can find out more about it here www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp


Happy New Year

We would like to wish you all a very happy new year from everyone here at Gofar.

2017 will hopefully be another busy year for us. March certainly will as we will be having our Charity Ball at Drax Sports and Social Club. More details will be posted shortly


Merry Christmas

Just to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported Gofar over the past year. Our group and individual members and our passengers on the medibus.

Thank you also to everyone who have sent us donations, it really means a lots to know you are thinking of us.

Can we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2017 is all you want it to be.

The office will close at 13.00 on Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January


Driving Opportunity

Casual Part Time – Minibus Driver

The Goole GoFar provides accessible transport solutions for the people of Goole and the surrounding areas who are vulnerable, isolated and socially excluded, regardless of their age. 

We are looking for a reliable, motivated, well organised, adaptable person with experience of driving minibuses or large vehicles.  You must hold a clean and current driving license with a D1 entitlement or PSV Licence.  The hours are Casual/flexible and may involve some evening and weekend work

Salary based on £8.73 per hour 

Employment is subject to a full enhanced DBS check

 and references.

                                                                  

For more information please contact the GoFar Office on

01405 780344

or email christine@goolegofar.org.uk


Charity Ball

So the #charityball2017 posters are ready.  What do you think?  More importantly…who’s coming…

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