About us

PNCS is a registered charity that runs the Community Transport Scheme this was set up to help improve the quality and independence of life for the elderly and inform.  It assists those who do not have their own transport, or access to alternative transport.

Our Mission Statement

Presteigne & Norton Community Support aims to provide support and information to our community by responding quickly to its needs through voluntary action!

Company Overview

The notion for Community Support was formulated at the Presteigne Surgery in 1993, where a group of enthusiastic community members got together to initiate a pilot project to support care in the community.
Working with statutory services, funds through a ‘Making a Difference’ government grant Presteigne and Norton Community Support opened it’s doors at the Old Drill Hall in 1994 with a paid co-ordinator for 15 hours per week.

The main areas of work revolved around assisting the elderly and infirm to stay in their own homes; to support those marginalized by disability or mental health and to support families with young children.Much of the work was carried out by volunteer members of the community, who brought a diversity of skills, local knowledge and practical experience to the project.

As a rural community, Presteigne, though a pleasant and safe place to live; suffers from isolation and difficulty in accessing amenities and services. To this end a Community Transport Scheme provides regular and reliable transport through volunteers using their own cars, to allow those disadvantaged by rural isolation and lack of public transport to attend medical appointments and necessary social journeys.

Working as it does, within the centre of the community, relationships are forged that are familiar and supporting, encouraging local residents to access help and information they need to address their individual problems or concerns. The project has evolved as an important source of information and assistance to the local community.

The project registered as a charity in 1996 and is managed by a committee of volunteer trustees who give generously of their time and expertise in accounting, management and caring. The committee is open to new members and welcomes the addition of the new skills and ideas for the project. Two part-time members of staff are now employed.

The project encourages and facilitates local people helping themselves, investing in their community and in society as a whole, and through process, bringing benefit to themselves and to others.

It is a rewarding and fulfilling process and delivers an increased awareness of and a sense of belonging to a supportive and connected community.