CTLA Members invited to Travel Club Welcome Back Luncheon

CTLA Travel Club members in their “bubbles” enjoying their first taste of post Covid socialising in a Covid-safe and socially distanced event at Hillcrest centre.  

 The Travel Club is a popular part of the range of services offered by award winning local charity Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) which helps older and more vulnerable people to live a more socially inclusive lifestyle by getting out of their homes and enjoying the chance to meet and chat with others. Typically CTLA would offer about two or three different trips out a week for members to book onto and they are always very popular. But all trips had to be cancelled indefinitely with the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020 as members went into shielding to protect themselves.

But the great news is that the Travel Club is back and to celebrate the re-launch on 2nd June the Charity’s staff and volunteers organised transport to collect a number of members from their homes to the Hillcrest Centre using four of CTLAs minibuses where they were treated to a Roast Dinner and choice of puddings and a chance to have a good old catch up with their fellow members. CTLA also put on a raffle and even a bingo session before taking members back home again.

CTLA General Manager Kerrie Smart-Jones said: “For some of our members who have no family living close by their trip out on a CTLA minibus is the only time they get to enjoy meeting others, so even though we kept in touch with and continued to support our members in different ways throughout the pandemic such as dropping off their shopping and prescription medicines, the very long period of being forced to stay home has been particularly difficult for them. We are delighted that we can now re-start our popular programme of outings and are looking at ways in which we can expand the programme in the coming 12 months”

CTLA’s Lorraine Ward who organises the Travel Club said that “everyone was delighted to have been able to enjoy some kind of normality with Covid restrictions easing and members and staff now fully vaccinated. It was a great pleasure to be able to re-launch the Travel Club with a socially distanced and Covid-safe luncheon at the Hillcrest Centre”.

Press Contact: Kerrie Smart-Jones 01273 517332 kerrie@ctla.org.uk Release Date & Time: Immediate

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