MEET CARMELA AND HER MUM ALICE, LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO HAVE USED THE NEW CONNECTING POPLAR PEOPLE SERVICE.
Carmela and Alice live in Stepney and have both lived in the East End for their whole lives. Carmela is now a carer for her mum and they do not often go out in the evenings. When the opportunity to go to Winter Wonderland in the evening with a group of other people arose they were really excited. Carmela tells us a bit about her trip and why she thinks initiatives like Connecting Poplar People are so important.
“I saw the advert in the East End Life and jumped at the chance of going. We rarely go out in the evening and wouldn’t go out alone as we don’t feel secure. We may have gone to Winter Wonderland in the day but that is quite a journey with a wheelchair and you miss the Christmas light, which is what is all about! We had a really lovely time at the park and the staff were really attentive. We got dropped off right outside so it wasn’t difficult getting in and Jayne, one of the staff, kept in touch to make sure we had everything we needed.
Connecting Poplar People gives people a chance to come together and be sociable, something that is becoming much harder in London these days. There are a lot of lonely people and this is a way for some of them to get a chance to meet some new people, especially people with a disability who find it hard to get out and about.
I am excited about other trips they have planned this year and would love to go to a bingo night or to a local museum. Evening events would be lovely as they are often very quiet for us. I think it is really important for people to use a service like this, if we don’t we will lose it!”
Connecting Poplar People provides door-to-door transport in fully accessible mini-buses. The next trips are London Aquarium on 17th February and Lunch at Epping Forest on 16th March. Trips start from £2.50
Where do the trips go to? …well that’s up to you – have a go at the quick survey to see what destinations are planned and to make your own suggestions for destinations: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6LRW8WY
Tower Hamlets Community Transport is offering trips out in our accessible minibuses. Passengers pay a contribution they can afford and we’re training up local volunteers to run the trips.
Where people have real mobility or other issues we’re quite happy to pick you up and drop you off at your door.
If you’d like to find out more contact:
Jayne at The Cabin: 0203 069 7401
Joanne at The Linc Centre: 0207 538 5748
Dyane at Burcham Street: 07947 798 685