Posted on 28th November 2019
The national Community Transport Association has awarded Community Transport Sussex as the winner of their national CT Provider of the Year Award 2019.
CT Sussex has gone from being a newly merged charity made up of three established providers, to the go-to provider of community transport services across the county of West Sussex in just three years.
The judges chose Community Transport Sussex as the award winner because of their work in supporting the development of other community transport providers in the area. Many community transport provider services are now in greater demand due to cuts in local bus services, many of them in rural areas. CT Sussex was formed in 2016, when Crawley Community Transport, Bluebird Community Partnership and Horsham District Community Transport merged into one organisation.
As well as providing over 120,000 passenger journeys every year, CT Sussex has also been proactive in supporting and developing other community transport providers in the area, and welcoming them as members of their partnership.
CT Sussex have recently supported the formation of Arun Community Transport, a new organisation created from a recently closed community transport provider. They have become associate members of CT Sussex, whilst maintaining their independence. CT Sussex has also welcomed Dial A Ride Southern Services Worthing as a new member of the organisation and are facilitating new community transport networks in the districts of Horsham, Adur and Worthing as well as having been asked to support more partnerships further afield.
The judges were impressed with the breadth of services offered by CT Sussex, having developed a health and social care project enabling as many residents as possible to access medical appointments, as well as projects enabling greater access to the theatre, days out for elderly people at risk of social isolation, museums, and cultural activities for disadvantaged children and their families.
The judges were also impressed with their use of a local solar farm to charge their two fully electric vehicles, as well as a current project identifying rural gaps in the county requiring additional community transport services.
Part of their nomination shared a story about a young disabled man who looked like being unable to attend his school’s summer ball because of lack of evening transport. Two of the CT Sussex staff immediately stepped in and travelled 25 miles in their own time to get him there . They told judges they were proud to be able to offer this additional support – all worth it to see the big smile on his face when he arrived to enjoy the Ball with all his friends.
One example of why Community Transport Sussex has achieved this recognition for the prestigious National Community Transport Provider of the Year Award 2019.
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"