Derwent Valley Car Club

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Department for Transport Award for the Derwent Valley Car Club

The Derwent Valley Car Club, based in Blackhall Mill, has been awarded a grant of £6,000 from Carplus and the Department for Transport. The award was given at Carplus’ Annual Forum in Leeds on Thursday 27th November.

Receiving the Award Susan Ross Car Club Co-ordinator. Presenting Award Sian Berry Campaign for Better Transport and Martin Higgitt both who are Carplus Board members

The award allow the Car Club to research demand for expanding the car club its electric car, electric bikes and voluntary driver scheme into the wider Derwentside and West Gateshead area.

The Derwent Valley Car Club was originally set up in June 2013 with a grant from the National Lottery’s Village SOS Programme. The grant enabled the development of the Car Club, the purchase of an electric Nissan Leaf, 3 electric bikes and an array of PV (solar) panels, which offsets the electrical charging needed to run the vehicles making the car club emission free.

The Club is currently operated under the Blackhall Mill Community Association and will be developed into a member led Social Enterprise scheme made up of interested local people. The Car Club currently has 15 members and is always encouraging more people to join up. They currently have an offer of an annual membership and 25 hours use of the cars or bikes for only £60!

The Club is open to anyone in the local area and costs as little as £3 to use the car for an hour and £2.50 per hour for the electric bikes. The membership fee is only £5 per month which is refunded against usage of the vehicles. There are no additional mileage fees, insurance or maintenance costs. The Car Club also offers a Volunteer Driver Scheme for people who cannot drive themselves.

The study will begin with a survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/DVcarclub  and a leaflet to over 21,700 homes in the area. The car club will also be attending a wide range of events to assess demand for widening the scheme.

For further information on the Derwent Valley Car Club and the study please contact the Co-ordinator Susan Ross on 07473 180302 or you can email Dvcarclub@yahoo.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/Derwentvalleycarclub

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Car Club Special Offer!

We have a Christmas Car Club Offer. A years car club membership and 25 hours of use for the car or bikes for only £60! We have limited availability so please get in touch if you’d like to take up the offer, it would make a fabulous Christmas Present, ho ho ho!

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Electric bikes now available to hire

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The Derwent Valley Car Club now has 3 folding electric bikes for hire. They arrived at the end of June and have been very popular over the summer. The bikes have a range of approximately 30-40 miles using pedal assist. They have a top speed of 15 miles per hour and are great fun.

To hire the bikes you need to join the car club and be over 18 however you do not need a drivers licence. You do need to bring your own helmet. They cost a little as:

·         £2.50 per hour, or

·         £7.50 for a 4 hour session, or

·         £12 for a full day.

This is considerably lower than average electric bike hire charges which can be up to £40 per day! If you are interested in using the bikes please contact Susan on 07473 180302 or drop an email to dvcarclub@yahoo.com and she will get you signed up and cycling!

Car Club Speedy Sign up!

We have now introduced a Speedy Sign up process for the car club. If you would like to join contact Susan directly and she will arrange an induction session at the community centre where you can sign up and be driving the car in under an hour! All you have to do is bring along a copy of your driver’s licence and a utility bill and we can sort out the rest!

Don’t forget it only costs £3 per hour and £5 per month to be a member. The £5 monthly membership fee is refunded against any usage each month so if you use the car for two hours each month membership is effectively free. There are no additional mileage fees or fuel costs, the car is insured and maintained so you can enjoy the pleasure of driving a car without the hassle and expense of owning one.

So if you are thinking of joining please contact Susan on 07473 180302 or drop an email to dvcarclub@yahoo.com

 

Can’t Drive? But want to get out and about?

Our Driver Scheme is for people who require transport but can’t drive themselves. Our volunteer drivers can take you to wherever you need to go and bring you back again.

The scheme is flexible and can be for as long or short amount of time as is needed. Just like hiring the car it costs only £3 per hour to use this service and only £5 per month to be a member of the car club. The membership fee is off set against your hourly rental charges so if you use the scheme for two hours or more per month the membership fee is free!

If you would like to hear more about the Driver Scheme please get in touch.

 

Fancy helping out at the car club? We need you!

We need Volunteers to help run the Car Club and Volunteer Drivers. If you would like to be involved in your local community it’s easy to volunteer, fun and is a great way of meeting new people. We can provide training and support for all volunteering roles and can be as little as 30 minutes or as much time as you can spare as often as you can spare it!  If you would like to volunteer please don’t delay, call, email or Facebook the club today!

If you’re interested in any aspect of the car club please don’t hesitate to contact us by sending an email to: dvcarclub@yahoo.com or call 07473 180302.

Why not like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/derwentvalleycarclub

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Official Launch of the Derwent Valley Car Club

The Derwent Valley Car Club will be officially launched on Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 11am. The Club will be opened by local Gateshead Councillor Lynne Caffrey at the Community Centre in Blackhall Mill.

The Derwent Valley Car Club, based in Blackhall Mill, has been funded with a grant of £47,500 from the National Lottery’s Village SOS Programme. The grant has enabled the development of the Car Club and the purchase of an electric Nissan Leaf. The car is based at the Blackhall Mill Community Centre, which hosts an electric charge point for the car and a public charge point. The grant also provided of an array of PV (solar) panels, which offsets the electrical charging needed to run the vehicle making the car club emission free.

The Club is currently operated under the Blackhall Mill Community Association and will be developed into a member led Social Enterprise scheme made up of interested local people and will link in with other car clubs in the region.

For further information on the Derwent Valley Car Club, to volunteer or to become a member please contact the Co-ordinator Susan Ross on 07473 180302 or you can email Dvcarclub@yahoo.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/Derwentvalleycarclub

Further Information:

What is a Car Club?

A Car Club is scheme for local people which is a credible option to owning your own vehicle. It is convenient, flexible, easy to join and use and can save members as much as £3,500 per annum compared to running their own car. Members need not worry about insurance, servicing or costly repair bills as everything is taken care of through the Car Club. It is also environmentally friendly and reduces our impact on the environment, our one car could replace as many as 20 private cars!

The Derwent Valley Car can be reserved online or by phone, and can be collected and returned to the Cars dedicated parking space at the Blackhall Mill Community Centre. It can be used for as little as an hour or as long as required.

Who is the Car Club for?

The Car Club is open to new members within the local area between the ages of 21 and 75. The car will be available to all members as and when you need to use it. Booking is simple and flexible, the club has an online booking system which will go live in time for the launch. Bookings can also be taken over the telephone by calling the scheme’s co-ordinator.

 How do I become a member of the Car Club?

To join the Car Club you need to register as a member of the scheme by contacting the Car Club Co-ordinator, who will take you through a short member induction and licence check and then you will be able to book online or by telephone, using the Electric Car at your discretion. You can telephone the Co-ordinator on 07473 180302 or you can email Dvcarclub@yahoo.com

 How much does it cost to use the car?

It costs only £5 per hour to use the car and we don’t charge any mileage fees and there are no fuel costs either! We charge a monthly membership fee of £5 which is refunded against any use of the car each month. There is no limit to how often you can use the car and you can book online for months in advance.

Voluntary Driver Scheme

We are in the process of setting up a Voluntary Driver Scheme as part of the Car Club for adults in the Blackhall Mill and surrounding area who require transport but aren’t able to drive themselves. The scheme will use volunteers to take members to places they can’t currently access due to transport limitations with someone to support them and take them directly to their choice of location and be there to bring the member back again. The scheme is flexible and can be for as short or long amount of time as is needed and can be easier and more cost effective than a taxi service.

As it uses the electric car it is an environmentally sensitive scheme so members can get to their chosen destination without impacting the environment.

 Volunteers Needed

Spare time on your hands?

The Car Club are looking for Volunteers to help run the Car Club and also for their Voluntary Driver Scheme. We are looking for adults within the Blackhall Mill and surrounding area who are able keen to be involved in their local community it’s easy to volunteer, fun, is a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. It also feels great to know that you are giving something back to your community and helping others. We can provide training and support for all volunteering duties and all opportunities are flexible and can be as little as 30 minutes or as much time as you can spare as often as you can spare it! If you would like to volunteer to be part of the Car Club or the Voluntary Driver Scheme please contact the Co-ordinator, Susan Ross directly on 07473 180302 or you can email Dvcarclub@yahoo.com

For more information on the Car Club please contact Susan Ross, Derwent Valley Car Club Co-ordinator on 07473 180302 or you can email Dvcarclub@yahoo.com

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Blackhall Mill Car Club

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Blackhall Mill Community Association has received a grant of £47,500 from The Big lottery Fund to establish a Car Club in the village. The club will provide an electric vehicle which will be based at the Community Centre.
The grant will allow for the provision of an array of additional PV (solar) panels which will offset the electrical charging needed to run the car making the car club zero emmissions.
There will also be a public charging point which will enable electric vehicles to come to the village as part of a regional and national network of public charging points.
The club will operate as a member scheme made up of interested local people who can hire the car for personal use, but may also, at some stage, link in with other car groups in the region.
Volunteers will be engaged to drive older or disabled people or those without a licence. (For insurance purposes there may be an upper age limit on who can join).
The aim is to develop the car club as a social enterprise / members’ co-operative but will be managed in the interim by a sub group of the Community Association.

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12th June 2013 – Update!

In the last edition of the Forgery in March, we reported how the Community  Association had received a grant of £47,500 from the Big Lottery for starting a car club to serve the village and surrounding communities. The club will provide an electric vehicle, which will be based at the Community Centre. Part of the grant was to appoint a part-time co-ordinator. In fact the Community  Association has now appointed two co-ordinators on a job share basis – Susan Ross and Mick Marston, both locally based. Their contract started on June 3rd and already good progress has been made with planning permission having been received for putting in the charging points, contact having been made with the supplier of solar panels and discussions arranged with other car clubs to allow us to benefit from their knowledge and experience. Susan and Mick will soon be looking into further publicity for the scheme, getting a membership scheme established and obviously looking into the purchase of the vehicle itself. We are hoping we can arrange for a car to be around for the summer fair so people can get an idea about electric vehicles and find out more about how the club will work. So, if you are interested in the idea, keep an eye out for further publicity material and hopefully a ‘launch event’, which will be arranged in the near future.

New Logo & Name!

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Derwent Valley Car Club Launch!

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