ALL ABOUT US
Since 1999, our organisation has become one of the most successful Community Transport Schemes in Scotland and we recently received wider UK recognition being awarded CTA Provider of the year at the CTA Awards 2021.
With the assistance of volunteer drivers and telephonists, we have created community transport, which is safe, accessible, cost-effective and flexible. The scheme is run by the community, for the community and meets the individual needs of people isolated by inadequate transport.
We have become highly respected by health professionals in the area. From care workers to doctors, all introduce patients to Badenoch & Strathspey Community ConnXions to support their health and wellbeing. We grew to well over 100 volunteer drivers and regularly had between 5 and 7 home-based telephonists, all supported by a small number of full time and part-time staff. Some of our activities include:
A community car scheme utilising volunteer drivers.
A door-to-door fully accessible bus service
Assisted shopping service
Lunch & Supper Clubs
And many other supported social activities such as mystery tours
During this period, demand steadily increased, and the organisation acquired two accessible minibuses for private hire, an accessible car, free wheelchair loan and an electric trishaw service taking people from local care homes out and about.
The organisation, staff and volunteers have won numerous awards and Maggie Lawson, the Development Manager was recognised with an MBE, demonstrating Badenoch & Strathspey Community ConnXions' valued impact on the community.
The COVID pandemic had a marked impact on our communities. Both volunteers and clients were no longer able to venture out, instead living in isolation and fear. As a result, the organisation was focused on supporting client’s basic needs, delivering shopping and medicines, and offering reassurance.
As things began to ease initiatives were introduced to our clients to help to build their confidence to re-engage in society. Part of that support saw a focus on outdoor activities and the launch of one of the most rewarding projects to date, the allotment.
As we come out of the pandemic, we have taken the opportunity to reflect. We are no longer simply a transport company. The pandemic has taught us that through the many services we offer, we have become so much more for our communities.
Our new 5-year vision, Community ConnXions, The Way Ahead 2022 – 2027, will see the launch of the next phase of development. With a change of name to Badenoch & Strathspey Community ConnXions,, we will reach out past our current main client groups to all those in need of our services, expanding into outlying communities and continuing to work in partnership focused on our aim: “To improve the lives and wellbeing of people in our community enabling them to remain independent for longer”