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Community transport team targets a million miles

Community First has launched a digital campaign with the ambitious aim of achieving a million volunteering miles in 2017 through the Wiltshire Link and Community Transport service.

The campaign called #OneMillionMiles hopes to recruit new volunteers for the 45 Link schemes and 21 community minibus groups across the county, who offer a lifeline for older or vulnerable people with limited access to transport.

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There are around 2,000 volunteers in Wiltshire and Swindon who are involved in supporting local Link (volunteer car driver) schemes and community minibus groups, making it one of the most successful community transport schemes in the country. Despite this, demand is growing and more volunteers are needed to support the service.

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‘Community First - Volunteers’ work has estimated value to Wiltshire of £2M per year’

Recognition for Wiltshire's volunteers and young people - via 2016 Awards

Winners at Community First 2016 Awards

Pictured L to R back: Ginnie Keen (Youth Action Wiltshire volunteer fundraiser), Andy Devey, Alex Flinders (Aldbourne Youth Council), James Ballard, David Wilson (The Brunel Shed), Rhys Stevens, Geoff Holstead (Selwyn Hall), Caspar Helmer, Chris Morgan, Linda Curtis and Ron Young of Ramsbury Community Transport.

L to R front: Doreen Drew, Rosie Grant-Wilson and Charlotte Wilson of Nexus Project, Alfie-Lee Hughes (Winner of Young Carer under 12 award), Katie Heather, Zoe Radford and Kerry McKenzie (Winner of Young Carer over 12 award). 

Community First has over fifty years’ experience in supporting communities in Wiltshire. The organisation is supported by the vital work of volunteers – and has this week recognised the amazing accomplishments of the community volunteers and young people that it works with - via annual awards.

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Youth Clubs

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It is a pleasure to support the 100’s of dedicated volunteers who facilitate Wiltshire’s Youth Clubs. Each of our 65 affiliated youth clubs is different, but all offer safe places for young people to go, role models and positive activities that promote personal development.

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An exciting announcement about the availability of Community Development and ‘BOLD’ services – via Community First

Until recently Chippenham-based charity, DEVELOP, was at risk following a cut in its statutory funding. Whilst the organisation has been successful in raising some funding, the future sustainability of DEVELOP as an independent organisation was still in doubt.

Following talks with Community First and the outcome of its recent Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), the decision has been made to transfer a selection of key DEVELOP services to Community First as part of its community development offering. The transfer will take place in early July 2016.

Once the team and services have transferred, DEVELOP will remain open as a registered charity in a limited capacity to fulfil contractual agreements, before being dissolved once these agreements are completed.