CT4N Charitable Trust Nominated for 3 Awards at CTAwards

CT4N Charitable Trust Nominated for 3 Awards at CTAwards

We're delighted to announce that CT4N Charitable Trust has been shortlisted in three separate categories at the Community Transport Associations' prestigious CTAwards. Launched in 2019, the national CTAwards recognise and celebrate the work of the community transport sector, and the values that are at the very core of what CT4N Charitable Trust has been doing for over 40 years.  

Elaine Allitt, CT4N Charitable Trust's Charity Co-ordinator has played a part in all three nominations and is a highly valued member of the team which specialises in providing community transport services for individuals with a mobility challenge and for community organisations across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

Elaine Allitt holding the Hidden Hero Award

Chair of CT4N Charitable Trust, Andrew Grieve said: “I am delighted to see that CT4N have been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s CTAwards.  I think it is a measure of how far we are progressing as a Charitable Trust to be in the mix with so many other excellent organisations for these prestigious awards. The charity is front and centre of everything we do in working with local communities to the best that we can in delivering community transport services in Nottinghamshire.”

Elaine has been shortlisted for the Community Transport Champion Award and was nominated for playing an integral part in providing a heroic role as part of a logistical response during the coronavirus pandemic.  Before the start of the pandemic, Elaine’s role was very different to what it is today and has been transformed due to her natural ability to help other people. As the country entered the first stages of lockdown, Elaine continued to come into work every day.  Even though we saw a significant reduction in the number of people using the Easylink service, this did not deter Elaine from going above and beyond to help people in need.  

Elaine started carrying out telephone welfare checks on all our Easylink customers, who were having to isolate at home. In addition to offering a listening ear, Elaine also organised medical supplies, arranged for drivers to collect prescriptions and undertake essential shopping for some of our most vulnerable customers. She also organised the collection of items from her colleagues and friends, so that she could provide several food hampers for people who were suffering unavoidable hardship.  

When the Covid vaccinations programme started, it was Elaine again who was at the forefront of ensuring our most vulnerable customers had transport to take them for their vaccinations. In addition to providing transport for covid vaccinations in Nottingham, Elaine also co-ordinated joint-working with Mansfield CVS to provide transport in their area for people to also attend covid vaccinations as part of their Community Champions Project.  

Elaine said: “I am so proud of all the work my team and I have done over the last few years.  My passion is helping the vulnerable in the community and to be nominated for this award for doing the job I love means so much.  I would like to thank all the management team and all the team who work with me for their continued support.”
 
Together with charity trustees Pam Jarvis and Philippa Spencer, Elaine is also part of the team that has been shortlisted in the ‘Keeping in Touch’ category.  Due to the sheer number of welfare checks required, Elaine enlisted the help of trustees Pam and Philippa. This ensured all service users were safe in the knowledge that help and support was only a phone call away.  The team also identified people within the local community who were on low incomes or identified as vulnerable and worked with Nourish in Sherwood and Bestop Kitchen in Bestwood to co-ordinate the delivery of regular hot meals.    

The final category that we have been shortlisted in is the ‘Community Transport Awards Photo Competition’ category.  This category is for an image that encapsulates the spirit of community transport during the coronavirus pandemic and is being judged by a public vote. Our entry for this competition shows Elaine delivering a Christmas food hamper to Easylink customers Arthur and Elma Gee from Mapperley in December 2020.    

Elaine giving a basket to regular Easylink users Arthur and Elma Gee

The photo which is nominated for ‘Community Transport Awards Photo Competition’.

Managing Director Ian Combellack said: “Whether it is a bunch of flowers for a customer who is feeling low, a birthday card to celebrate a milestone, reassuring customers that our services are safe to use, or providing a shoulder for people to cry on, Elaine has been there all the time.”  Ian added: “Community transport is more than just a bus service to help get people from A to B - it’s about people and the little extras that can make a huge difference. Our organisation is at the heart of community transport showing what it does best - serving the community.”

The awards ceremony will take place at the Community Transport Awards online ceremony on Wednesday 18th November and further details about how to vote in the photo competition can be found at https://ctauk.org/photo-competition