Ealing Community Transport has been named as one of just seven shortlisted social enterprises for this year’s Making a Mark competition.
The competition celebrates social enterprises creating “considerable social impact within their communities and in wider society”. It is run by Social Enterprise Mark CIC, which recognises successful social enterprises through its accreditation, the Social Enterprise Mark.
The finalists have been chosen for the care they have taken in measuring and demonstrating their social impact, including how they have used their income to maximise the positive work that they are doing.
Ealing Community Transport has been selected based on our most recent Social Impact Statement. It shows the benefit we provide through accessible and affordable transport for people and groups who cannot access mainstream services – including many individuals who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to leave their homes.
Last year, we enabled 75,340 passenger trips for 508 different community groups at subsidised rates; we set aside a fund of £20,000 through our EASIE (Elderly Accessible Service in Ealing) project, and we worked with our local Clinical Commissioning Group to provide an accessible door-to-door transport service for vulnerable patients to get to their GP appointments.
We also demonstrated how community transport can save £4m for the borough of Ealing by reducing isolation and loneliness and keeping people independent.
Anna Whitty, Chief Executive at ECT Charity, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Making a Mark competition for our continued work to achieve social impact. We are now reaching out to our friends and partners as the shortlist will go to a public vote.”
You can support us by voting for us via this link – the voting is open until Friday 5 May.
Nearly 2,000 wheelchair users and 17,000 other spectators with a range of mobility needs were able to attend this summer’s world athletics events in London, thanks to ECT Charity.