Following on a well-received plenary presentation at the Act TravelWise Annual Conference, Helen Ramsden of Transport for Greater Manchester will be leading a workshop with her colleague Julian Ashworth on how to write an effective funding bid. The workshop, being held on Tuesday 7 June from 11:15 am to 2:15 pm, is a timely opportunity to improve any funding proposals being prepared for the DfT Access Fund.

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The next Act TravelWise Midlands Regional Meeting (combined West and East Midlands) will be held on Wednesday 1 June at Centro House, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. Members is the region normally receive invitations, but if you have not received one and would like to attend, please contact Alison Pickett (0121 214 7417) or Gill Hunt (0121 214 7177) at Centro.

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Steer Davies Gleave will run and host an Act TravelWise workshop on Friday 27 May 2016 titled 'The Future Role of the Car in the Smart City’. With a range of expert speakers, the workshop will broadly encompass electric vehicles, car sharing, car clubs and innovations that are making car ownership less desirable compared to paying for car use as a service.

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More women riding bicycles is the key to improving personal and community health and wellbeing, and cutting congestion and improving air quality in towns and cities. Find out more and how to do this at this exciting conference taking place on 4 May 2016 in Hereford.

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We hope that you have enjoyed last year's Best Practice Workshops in the London region held jointly with WestTrans. We are now planning to hold a general meeting for members only. This is a joint meeting for both London and the South East regions. The meeting will be a chance to connect with other members, discuss the direction of the organisation and share information. The event will also include a site visit and is likely to be followed by drinks at a nearby pub.

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Europe’s ageing population is one of the largest issues faced by its societies. In the UK, the 65+ population is expected to rise by 50% over the next 17 years. Such rapid increases pose major challenges to the provision transport and the design of accessible places. This demographic shift is occurring at a time of decline for rural bus services, and a changing landscape for mobility and transport provision. Act TravelWise members entitled to 30% discount off registration.

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This meeting is an opportunity for NHS Travel and Transport Managers (and those in similar NHS roles) to meet each other and decide how to build an ongoing forum to share knowledge, experience, skills and best practice specific to the health sector.

The idea for the meeting arose from demand from Act TravelWise members in the NHS who believe that such a forum would be extremely useful.

The meeting will be hosted by Act TravelWise Vice-Chair Jon Foley at the offices of BuroHappold in London on Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

There will be call-in facilities for those who cannot be phyiscally present.

Those who are in the NHS themselves or have relevant NHS contacts are encouraged to spread the word about this initial meeting. Please contact randall@acttravelwise.org if you would like to attend, and also send him names/emails of relevant NHS contacts.

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