Community Transport
Pepperell House.
44 High Street,
Essex CM14 4AJ

Tel: 01277 228080

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Brentwood Borough Council

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Welcome to Brentwood Community Transport (BCT)

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Tina Tickner
Chief Executive Officer

We are looking forward to March 2020, celebrating our 10th anniversary as an independant charity. Watch this page for details of special events.

Brentwood Community Transport is a ‘not for profit’ organisation currently funded by Essex County Council and Brentwood Borough Council.

Making Journeys Possible

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BCT provides community transport services via our social car scheme which involves volunteers driving their own cars, and by using a small fleet of minibuses, driven by staff members and volunteers. There are also several day trips arranged throughout the year.

We provide door to door services for our residents of Photo door to doorBrentwood who are unable to use mainstream public transport due to mobility or other difficulties.

People can use our door to door transport for a wide variety of reasons, such as shopping, attending luncheon clubs or healthcare appointments, visiting friends and family, and going on organised day trips to local attractions.

‘Our Little Blue Bus 808 service’ connects people to Brentwood Community Hospital and services in the town centre. It runs to a registered timetable and can be accessed by all. Valid concessionary bus passes accepted. Due to limited capacity on this service, wheelchair users should telephone the office to book their space before travel.

The scheme is run by a small staff team based in Brentwood, including our highly skilled and motivated volunteers. If you are interested and would like to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved by becoming a volunteer or sponsorship, please contact us.

Increase in socially isolated older people

The UK’s population is steadily ageing. The latest projections are for 5.5 million more older people in 20 years’ time and that that number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050. Within this total, the number of very old people grows even faster: there are currently 3 million people aged over 80 and this is projected to almost double by 2030 and reach 8 million by 2050.

Many older people are vulnerable to ‘social isolation’ and ‘loneliness’ due to loss of mobility, friends and family, and even income, this causes absence of contacts and interactions between older people and a social network. By enabling older people to venture out of their homes to attend social events, go shopping and visit family and friends Brentwood Community Transport helps to reduce social isolation, loneliness and to maintain independence.

Researchers from University College London found that both social isolation and loneliness had a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and wellbeing. Further, they found that social isolation particularly, is associated with increased risk of health problems and mortality in older people. This negative impact on health leads to an increased demand from health and social care systems.

BCT are assisting with alleviating pressure on health and social care systems

By enabling our vulnerable residents of Brentwood to venture out of their homes to attend social events, go shopping and visit family and friends, we help to reduce social isolation (and in turn, health problems and mortality).

A simple cup of tea and a chat with a friend makes all the difference!

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