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Community Transport

Transport leaflet June 2019

My name is Ali Gravestock and I have taken over the role of Community Transport Manager for the Charity VASA (Voluntary Action Stratford on Avon)

We cover a wide area of the Stratford & Warwick districts providing volunteer drivers to take people who otherwise couldn’t get to health/medical appointments and now Social inclusion journeys.
We currently have 150 volunteer drivers out in the communities and approx 4000 clients that are registered with us and are using our service, though I am sure that there are more people that aren’t aware of this valuable service.
Here’s some general information for you and a leaflet attached. Would you mind advertising this on your social media, and/or your website/notice boards to let people in your community know about our valuable service?
Passengers need to be over 18 and with a genuine need of transport i.e. cannot access public transport etc
There is no extra charge for a carer to accompany or friend, relative etc
We do Health journeys, Hospitals, GP’s, Chiropody, optician, dentists etc
And also Social Inclusion Journeys which are to take people who are socially isolated to lunch clubs, visiting relatives in care homes/hospitals etc and transport to day care
Our volunteer drivers charge 45p per mile from the drivers address to the passengers’ address to the destination and back, included in this is a wait time for up to two hours. Then there is an admin fee of £3 per journey which comes to us as a charity for arranging the booking. This is all paid in cash to the driver on the day or invoicing is possible
We always try and find a driver as close as possible to the passengers’ address to keep the costs down. If you would like to book a journey with us, please allow three working days at all possible to allow us to find a driver.
Our telephone volunteers will take some details and book the journey required, this doesn’t guarantee a driver, but we do our very best to contact all our available volunteers
Please call 01789 262889 and press 1 to request a driver
If you would like any more information or would like some leaflets etc please don’t hesitate to call us

Our Website

New Volunteer driver Facebook page coming soon

Many thanks

Ali Gravestock
Community Transport Manager
Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District (VASA)
Elizabeth Court
Church Street
CV37 6HB
Telephone 01789 262889
Direct 01789 777 981

Grant Scheme

Shipston on Stour & District Age Concern have launched a grant scheme for eligible claimants within the district.  Tysoe is within the catchment area for this scheme. It is available for claimants over the age of 70 living within seven miles of St Edmund’s church in Shipston.

We believe that even a small grant, such as we are making available, can make a difference to elderly people in need.

If you would like any further information please get in touch with me on this email :

Kind regards,

David Roache
Trustee and Treasurer, Shipston on Stour & District Age Concern

Grant Rules

Grant application form

Warwickshire Careers Strategy

Warwickshire educators, businesses and local residents are to have their say on shaping a new Careers Strategy for the county.
Warwickshire County Council is undertaking a public consultation from 19 June – 26 July, to allow a wide variety of voices to give feedback on the Council’s draft Careers Strategy.
Effective careers and employability advice and support are critical components of a successful local economy. They can help people gain the skills needed by local employers, and pursue careers that match their talents and interests, as well as support those who want, or need, to change occupations. Good careers advice can also facilitate social mobility by raising aspirations and highlighting career pathways individuals may not have thought of.
With the number of vacancies posted online in Warwickshire growing, and the ratio of vacancies to working age population almost double the national regional average, according to Office for National Statistics figures, an effective careers strategy for the county is vital.
Key audiences for the consultation include residents – particularly, vulnerable groups such as care leavers; young people, parents and adults looking to retrain; businesses; education and training providers. The County Council will be running a series of formal and informal meetings and consultations to reach these groups across the county with the help of schools the Local Enterprise Partnership; Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council says:
“Warwickshire has a strong and growing economy which the County Council works hard to support. It’s vital that the skills and aspirations of the local workforce match the needs of that economy. Through our Careers Strategy we want to expose Warwickshire students, their influencers and educators to careers in local growth sectors and increase the number of people taking up further education and higher value employment in those sectors.
“We also want to enable all our residents – whatever their age – to access the education and skills they need to secure fulfilling, appropriate, sustainable and well paid employment throughout their lives, which supports the growth and prosperity of Warwickshire’s economy. We’d like to hear from as many voices as possible during this consultation period, to ensure our strategy takes into account the needs and views of all sectors of our community.”
To take part in the online consultation follow this link:
Warwickshire County Council’s new draft Careers Strategy is based on the principles set out in the Government’s National Careers Strategy of December 2017 which highlights the merits of timely careers and employability support in terms of sustainable employment and higher lifetime earnings. Warwickshire County Council’s draft Careers Strategy currently has five key priorities:
• Raising the awareness of the range of career and employment opportunities locally, inspiring residents of all ages to develop their education and skills as far as possible
• Building the capacity of our education providers to deliver effective and sustainable Careers support and advice
• Providing targeted support and help to our most vulnerable learners
• Improving alignment of demand and supply of skills, now and in the future
• Encouraging and enabling businesses to recruit from a richer and wider talent pool.