Mark Evans, one of our presenters has some news for us about the CTLA:-
“Newhaven based Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) is a local charity which provides affordable and fully accessible transport for those who do not have access to private transport and experience difficulty in using public transport.
The charity delivers over 80,000 passenger-journeys a year enabling predominantly but not exclusively older and more vulnerable members of the community to continue to live an independent lifestyle and gain access to social events and other everyday goods and services that others take for granted.
The charity’s staff and volunteers are on the frontline in helping many local people combat the devastating effects of loneliness and social isolation.
However with the advent of the Coronavirus epidemic, most of its members were advised to go into shielding.
CTLA’s response to this was to set up emergency delivery of essential food shopping and prescription medicines to the doorstep of those who could not get out on and travel on their buses.
In the past 8 weeks CTLA has made over 300 individual deliveries to the doorsteps of members and even seen an increase in the number of people becoming members.
The staff and volunteers have also been busy working with Kempton House volunteers to deliver hot meals to the doorstep of those who would normally attend a lunch club too.
Even though the lockdown is beginning to ease for many of us, the more vulnerable in the community are likely to continue to shield themselves for a few weeks yet until the risk of infection is minimal so CTLA will continue to support those who need help.“
If you or someone you know needs help call 01273 517332 on Mondays to Fridays between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm for an informal no obligation chat. Membership of CTLA is free of charge (eligibility criteria apply).