Community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays and we’re collecting stories of the incredible work that our members do.
North Dorset Community Accessible Transport (NORDCAT), Sturminster Newton, Doreset
This Christmas will be our sixth running a Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas day.
We collect people from all around our area, usually about 30 people, and we give them dinner usually provided by the local co-op and couple of local Butchers. We then have a visit from Santa or one of his little helpers! Last year my 4 year old grandson dressed up (as Santa was so busy) and he gave everyone 4 or 5 small presents each, sponsored by the local Rotary.
It’s mainly my family that help but we do have one or two others that come along, for most of them it’s because they would be alone otherwise and they feel that they are helping, but it does mean they can benefit too.
This year we will hopefully be using the 2 new vehicles kindly funded by the Department for Transport as part of the Community Minibus Fund- we haven’t received them yet but they do tell me they should arrive by Christmas!
If you know anyone in North Dorset that will be alone tell them to get in touch.