Epping Forest Community Transport is a registered charity providing transport for individuals, groups & schools across the Epping & Harlow District. Epping Forest Community Transport started as an initiative of VAEF. It began operating as a transport provider in October 2001, with 1 minibus. It was established to provide accessible transport for those, who, for whatever reason, are unable to use conventional public transport.
Epping Forest Community Transport, one of 13 Community Transport schemes in Essex, gained independence from Essex County Council in December 2014. The service is supported by Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council.
Epping Forest Community Transport provides transport for those who have no access to either private or public transport.
It is a project that utilises volunteer drivers and their cars and volunteer mini-bus drivers to meet the needs of individuals in Epping Forest.
This largely consists of the rurally isolated, whether older people unable to travel to make hospital appointments or school children isolated from normal bus services.
The service is used by 2,500-3,000 people a month and consists of a fleet of eight mini-buses, seven of which are wheelchair accessible.
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Sheila Caves presents the cheque to Epping Forest Community Transport driver Peter Brewster. Epping Forest Community Transport has received a donation of £50, thanks to the generosity of Sheering Parish Council's Citizen of the Year Award recipient. Sheila Caves decided to share her £100 prize, awarded at the annual parish council meeting, between Epping Forest Community Transport - which runs services serving the village - and St Clare Hospice. Sheila, who was recognised for her community work in the village, said: "I decided to share the money between two charities close to my heart; Epping Forest Community Transport provides the 347 bus that runs between Hatfield Broad Oak and Harlow and is a lifeline to many and St Clare Hospice which is well known for providing excellent palliative care. "My thanks go to all who nominated me for this award."