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Change is here to stay

Posted: 12/10/17 by Daventry Area Community Transport

Things never seem to stop still here at DACT, as during these last 12 months we have achieved so much.

In February this year, we moved downstairs in The Abbey to our fine new Office and MiDAS Training Room which has given us a much better lay-out and is far more accessible for visitors.

In July, came the fantastic news that DACT and its brilliant volunteers had been awarded the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ which is the equivalent of an MBE for Volunteer Groups. The Award Ceremony was conducted in September by Mr David E Laing MA RIBA, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and was a hugely memorable occasion enjoyed by a large audience who had gathered including many of our volunteers.

The new building extension to our Mobility Shop is due to commence towards the end of 2017 into early 2018 enabling us to provide a wider variety of mobility equipment, advice and hire equipment.

DACT has also been nominated for the ‘Community Group of the Year’ category as part of The Pride of Northamptonshire Awards which is taking place later in October 2017. Watch this space! At the same awards, our longest serving volunteer car driver Ron, has been nominated for the ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’.

We have also been privileged to have two of our team members receive invites to HM The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, as a recognition of the work of DACT and all that has been achieved.

In terms of the DACT office team we welcome on board Sarah who will be spending time with our longest serving Transport Booking Officer Rosemary (Roe), learning the ropes and tapping into her vast knowledge and experience, before Roe retires in March 2018.

Sarah says: “As a new member of the team I find myself in completely different territory compared to my previous roles. I started my career as a travel consultant for a well-known high street travel operator and spent a happy 10 years, booking, dreaming about and travelling to some wonderful destinations. After the birth of my first and only child I wanted to change the direction my career was heading in and started a role supporting vulnerable people with tenancy difficulties. I have spent the last 12 years supporting a diverse group of people with a range of different needs and most recently, I have had the challenge of coordinating the Sure Start programme delivering a service for vulnerable families with young children.

“I am now looking forward to the new challenge of working as part of the DACT team. I have been inspired by the stories that I have heard so far and feel really pleased to be part of a service that is making such a difference to the local community.”

Hopefully DACT will never be standing still and the next 12 months will see many more exciting developments!

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