Dial a Ride wins top award

SCARBOROUGH Dial a Ride has scooped a prestigious community transport award.

The charity, which helps people get out and about by minibus, received the Community Transport Health Partnership of the Year award for their work with Scarborough healthcare trust.

Dial a Ride’s manager Julie Banks picked up the award at a ceremony in Manchester which was organised by the Community Transport Association.

She said: “We are all over the moon at receiving this award, particularly when you think that it was open to the whole of the UK.

“We first started providing transport for Scarborough healthcare trust in 2007, taking patients to the Howarth unit and we now additionally run the Bridlington shuttle bus for patients and their carers.

“Our working partnership has always been productive, patient-led and beneficial to both organisations.”

A trust spokesperson added: “Dial A Ride provides a pivotal role to this trust in the provision of transport arrangements which are accessed by our visitors, patients and carers.

“The charity provides this service 365 days a year and during the recent snowy weather they did their utmost to ensure minimal service disruption.

“Julie and her team have always been responsive to the trust’s needs in providing this service and this partnership provides a vital link to ensure we meet the communities travel requirements.” 

Dial A Ride was one of three shortlisted community transport schemes in this category, which was new for 2011 and sought to recognise an outstanding partnership in health transport delivery.

Like the other awards presented on the night, it was open to all Community Transport Schemes throughout the United Kingdom. Go to www.scarboroughdialaride.com