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SWAN TRANSPORT DRIVERS WIN COMMUNITY AWARDS
Swan Transport’s dedicated team of volunteer drivers have been rewarded for all the great work they do for their local community at the Chairman’s Community Awards 2017.
The award ceremony took place on Thursday 9th February at the Guildhall in Bath and not only did our hard working team of drivers win the ‘Volunteer Team of the Year Award’, but our longest serving driver Barbara Merrett also won the ‘Peter Duppa Miller Lifetime Achievement Award’. Barbara has been driving for Swan since its inception and has only recently retired after many years of service.
Our dedicated team of drivers support those within the B&NES area who are older, frail or disabled and on a low income, by taking them to things like health appointments or social activities. We receive lots of positive comments all the time about our drivers, including how our clients really appreciate being able to get out and about especially if they find it difficult to use the bus for example.
Councillor Alan Hale of Bath & North East Somerset Council presented the drivers with their awards, and Swan are very grateful to everyone who was involved with organising the Awards, as we had a lovely evening with refreshments laid on for all the many groups and individuals who attended.
Would you like to drive as part of our award winning team? Please contact Swan Transport on 01761 439548 and speak to Sarah or Ann.
The Volunteer Centre for B&NES is working hard to put together schemes that can help people’s lives.
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YOUTH CONNECT PROJECTS
Youth services in Westfield are going from strength to strength.
The latest project was one to help Year 11 children to do CVs and talk about careers. They talked of college courses and apprenticeships and one of the Youth Connect PAs helped them with applications.
8 young people in Westfield are qualified first aiders – watch this space for more details of them receiving their certificates.
Adult volunteers are still needed to help with ongoing projects. If you are interested at all contact Katy Roberts on 07966 880422.
HOME ENERGY LOAN
Local home owners wanting to improve the warmth, comfort and efficiency of their homes can now apply for a new Bath & North East Somerset Home Energy Loan.
The Council’s Energy at Home Scheme has collaborated with not-for-profit lender Wessex Resolutions C.I.C to make this loan available. It can be used to help spread the costs of installing energy saving measures such as: boilers; loft, cavity wall, and solid wall insulation; and renewable energy technologies.
The Energy at Home Scheme provides free home energy advice to residents and help to make energy saving home improvements. Grants are still available through the scheme for most measures, however where the grants do not fully cover the cost of the works, the remaining up-front costs can be prohibitively expensive. The Home Energy Improvement Loan provides a new option for home owners to help spread these costs over time, making energy saving home improvements more manageable.
Home owners can apply for a Home Energy Loan of between £500 – £15,000, with a repayment term of between 6 months and 15 years. The loan has a representative rate of 4.2% APR. It is subject to an affordability and credit check, and it will require a home visit from an advisor.
To find out more about the loan, or for any other home energy related queries, contact the Energy at Home Advice Service:
0800 038 5680
Bath & North East Somerset Council is also pleased to announce that they are now working with Dyson Energy Services as its new Energy at Home Delivery Partner. Dyson Energy Services is working hard to get in contact with all the referrals made over the last few months whilst the scheme has undergone this transition. If you have not yet been called back, or if you have had works completed through the scheme and have any queries about how this change may affect you, please contact the Energy at Home Advice Service.
BaNES CHAIRMAN’S CHARITIES
Bath and North East Somerset’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Hale, has announced the three charities he will be supporting during his year in office.
• Whizzybugs at the RUH, a charity that designs and and builds small powered wheel chairs for children under five with cerebral palsy.
• The RICE Institute at the RUH, which carries out research, treatment, support and much more to for individuals affected by dementia and their carers.
• Butterflies Haven, which is based in Keynsham but serves a much wider area, providing support, motivation and other services for people on the Autistic spectrum.
Cllr Hale has decided to adopt a different approach to fundraising and won’t be holding a grand dinner and dance; instead he is asking local communities to help fundraise.
He said: “I have decided to break with tradition and organise lots of smaller events to enable the wider community to get involved. I want to encourage groups, churches, social clubs and others to hold functions that will enable the community to have fun whilst raising money for three very worthy charities, very much like the how it works with Children in Need and Comic Relief.
“This idea will allow us to include the whole community as some people might be able to organise a small scale coffee morning whilst others might feel able to hold a choir concert or organise a sponsored event.
“I want everyone to feel wanted and included and most importantly to have fun in what they decide to do. I don’t have funding to support these but I will endeavour to support them, and attend as many as I can.”
A number of events are already in the planning stage but the Chairman is hopeful that many new ideas will come forward to raise funds for the charities.
Those who wish to organise an event can contact Cllr Hale at Chairs_office@bathnes.gov.uk or ring on 01225 394235. Their events can then be publicised on the Council’s website and on other social networks. The Chairman can also be contacted to discuss fundraising idesas on 0117 9837923.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Parish Council is delighted to announce we have a Twitter address and are now able to communicate with even more residents and businesses in Westfield.
Our Twitter address is @westfield_pc
We look forward to hearing from you!