Celebrating social impact in Bristol

Posted: 15 Nov 2016

Bristol Community Transport celebrated the social impact they achieved last year at an event with stakeholders, service users and staff.

The event, hosted at Watershed in Bristol - a fellow social enterprise venue and arts centre – was opened by Sir Vince Cable, HCT Group’s Chair, who gave a warm welcome to our guests.  Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive, then set out the type of impact that BCT is aiming to achieve, the importance of the shared values we have with our stakeholders and users and the opportunities we have when we work in partnership.  

We then heard from people who use our services, including Mark Goodway from The Matthew Tree Project - which provides a complete 'wrap-around' range of support and guidance services targeted at the most at risk and crisis hit members of society. Mark set out the role that BCT plays in the delivery of their services and the importance of working together to achieve social impact. These themes were taken up by Dr Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair of Bristol Parent Carers – who co-ordinate short breaks for families with disabled children, using BCT to enable families and friends to travel together.  

The Impact Celebration was concluded with remarks from Cllr Mark Bradshaw, cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council. Cllr Bradshaw spoke passionately about the impact of Community Transport on society and the opportunities for innovation and access to opportunity.   

Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive, said ‘The impact of community groups in Bristol is extraordinary – as is BCT’s part in their stories. Last year, BCT provided over 100,000 passenger trips to community group members – and over 80,000 individual transport trips to socially isolated people.  Yet we recognise there is vast potential to increase our impact – and we can achieve this by working in ever closer partnership with our stakeholders.”