VEST – How we are helping during the Covid-19 Lockdown

The last eight weeks have been a difficult time for everyone in the UK as restrictions due to COVID-19 have affected all aspects of life across all communities. We at VEST have had to adjust the way we work to ensure that those people who are vulnerable and need our assistance still receive the help that is needed.  No one is forgotten about or left without necessities. From ringing our valued members to ensure that they are coping in these difficult times to delivering shopping or picking up prescriptions, we have met these challenges head-on and hope we are making a real difference to the lives of people within our community.Vest SHopping

In addition to our normal lines of work, we are working alongside several other groups in the community on various projects. We continue to help to deliver medication for our local pharmacies who are struggling to keep up with the new demands Covid-19 has put on their delivery service. Our team also supported Cardiff Council with the delivery of meals to hundreds of school children who are at home during the lockdown. Over the weeks our network of help has extended to include delivering meals and essentials alongside other groups such as ACT Training, Moorland Road Day Centre, and Food for Life Wales Hare Krishna Charity.Vest Working Together

We will remain vigilant in our efforts here at VEST.  We promise to continue to support the most vulnerable within our community both our existing customers and the wider community.  We want to assure everyone that we are still operating and are here for you. Please call us on 02920 490335 if you need us.

 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATED SERVICES

We truly hope everyone stays safe and well during this unsettling period.  Passenger and staff safety is our priority and we will continue to follow government advice and take precautionary measures for all services including:-

Ceasing all group transport and standing down all volunteers serving these groups.

Reducing our Ring & Ride and Dial a Bus services for priority transport. This is limited to essential health transport.

While we are not permitted to take those in the high-risk/vulnerable category to shops and pharmacies, we are able to collect foods and medicines on your behalf. Please contact us for more information about this.

We are in constant contact with our local councils and will support all efforts to help our customers and other groups in need at this difficult time.

 

Please use this link for further government advice.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

 

Christmas Raffle

 

Ho Ho Ho How about this for a bumper Christmas Raffle?

You raised £994 towards our replacement community transport minibus.

Thanks to everyone who supported us again this year. From buying and selling tickets to donating fabulous prizes. We could not have done it without you.

We had some amazing prizes donated this year including a signed rugby ball by the Welsh Rugby team and a signed Wales football shirt.

Here is the lucky winner of the football shirt, Rhys Watkins, a project worker for VISION 21 who create employment opportunities for people with learning needs.  He is accompanied by his students Howard, Anthony and Franco and colleague Nick Wildblood. The grins say it all!

Vision 21 Raffle

HARROW HINDU CELEBRATION

We were excited to be asked to provide transport for our local Hindu Centre in Splott who offer support to older people in our community.  We do love a celebration and jumped at the chance to be involved.

The group had been invited to attend a national gathering of Hindu community centre members for an event celebrating the second anniversary of a well know prayer group.

The event was held in Harrow, Middlesex and over 300 people arrived on the day from community centres all over the UK.

It was a long day for our volunteer Hitesh but he was well looked after and enjoyed joining the passengers in their motorway picnic.

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Shopping in Cardiff city centre

If you would like to do some shopping in Cardiff city centre but are unable to use public transport, then our Dial a Bus service could be just what you need.

VEST shopper in city centreFor £1 each way, our service will pick you up from your front door and take you to M&S in the city centre.  You will have three hours to shop before the bus will pick you up from the same spot and return you home. Our buses can take wheelchairs and are fitted with lifts if you have difficulties climbing steps.  All our drivers are trained and are happy to assist you on and off the bus, and to take any shopping into your house when you get home.  For any customers who need extra assistance we can also drop of at Cardiff Shopmobility, just let us know when you make your booking.   

To register for the Dial a Bus service, call us on 029 20490325.  We will send you the timetable for service and give you a registration number to make booking quick and easy.      

GoodGym To The Rescue

 

On a wet Tuesday night 34 legs arrived at VEST’s depot armed with enthusiasm and determination.

What else could we do but issue the lovely lot with brushes, buckets and mops and tell them to “get to it team”.

goodgym cleaners

They didn’t disappoint. Within 45 minutes they had scrubbed, mopped, polished and buffed every vehicle in our fleet.

goodgym clean

They left amidst the glare of gleaming windscreens and dashboards back to their meeting point at Cardiff Library.

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Thank you Goodgym.  Please come back again soon!

 

If you are interested in getting fit and doing good please contact Ben via email bena@goodgym.org

or take a peek at their web page www.goodgym.org