Community transport schemes - West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland
Age Concern – Dorchester
Age Concern Dorchester operates a mini-bus service visiting a range of villages on a monthly basis to help isolated people get out to the shops. There is also a volunteer car service that offers a short term emergency shopping service. This service is only available to clients referred by a GP or Social Worker. Both services require a £2.00 payment for a return journey. Contact Sally Goss on 01305 269444 for further details.
Axe Valley & West Dorset Ring and Ride
This service covers Axminster, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Bridport, Thorncombe, Beaminster and villages in these areas. The minibus is wheelchair accessible and is available for the elderly, disabled or rurally/socially disadvantaged people. The driver picks up each passenger from their home and takes them into town to do shopping or use local services. A different area is cover each day and seats need to be booked in advance. For details of journeys and fares in your area call 01404 46520.
4 Church Road
Tel: 05601 792 905
Delivering a service to people in the Littlemoor, Osmington, Overcombe, Preston, Poxwell, and Sutton Poyntz Community Angels can offer help and support in many ways including transport to essential appointments.
Community Transport – transporting the community
If you need transport to get to non-emergency medical appointments, visit someone in hospital, attend a social activity or just to visit friends and family then Community Transport may be the answer. A telephone service is now available for anyone to find out if there is a community transport scheme in their area. Just call the number and provide your postcode. The operator will tell you if there is a scheme near you and provide you with a contact name and telephone number. For further details contact:
Tel: 01305 221053 http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/mylocal/
Dorchester Central Neighbourcar
A community neighbourcar scheme run by volunteers offering transport to health related appointments and support groups to people who are unable to use or have no access to public transport. Clients must live within a 5 mile radius of Dorchester and registered with a Dorchester General Practitioner. There is a £5 annual registration fee and journeys are charged at 60p per mile with a minimum charge of £2.50. The scheme operates Monday to Friday, our drivers are volunteers and use their own vehicles, for more information contact Joan Hutson on 01305 269330 - the booking line to become a new member.
Dorset Accessible & Responsive Transport
DART has launched a new directory containing details of Dorset’s Community Transport schemes. Copies of the directory are available from Dorset Community Action, post offices, village halls, GP surgeries, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and council offices or by contacting:
Dorset Community Action
The Coach House
Dorset, DT1 1EF
Tel: 01305 250921
Dorset Country Cars
This covers a number of schemes in rural areas of Dorset. The scheme is for people who are not able to use other means of transport.
Contributions are between 25p and 35p per mile (this varies from scheme to scheme) for journeys up to 50 miles round trip. Bookings should be made at least 24 hours in advance.Can be used to visit your doctor, clinic, chiropodist, friends or relatives in hospital, collect prescriptions and connect with a bus, train or coach. The scheme cannot be used for hospital appointments.
Bookings should be with your local organiser listed below, who will then check that the journey is eligible and arrange for a driver. For general information on the Dorset Country Car scheme, call Paul Cooper, Passenger Transport Development Officer on 01305 224518.
Alderholt: Contact Mrs Jacque Butler on 01425 654581. Service for older people in Alderholt.
Beaminster: Contact Mike Bateman on 01308 826039 A community service for people living in Beaminster, Blackdown, Broadwindsor, Burstock, Drimpton, Mapperton, Melpash, Mosterton, Salwayash, Seaborough, Stoke Abbott, Toller Porcorum.
Bride Valley: Contact Mrs McShaine on 01308 425591. A service for older people living in Little Bredy, Litton Chayney, Long Bredy, Puncknowle Swyre, West Bexington, Chilcombe, Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge.
Halstock & Corscombe: Contact Ms Lister on 01935 891901. A service for older people living in Halstock, Corscombe, Evershot, Yetminster and outlying villages.
Maiden Newton: Contact Mrs Falkingham on 01300 320969. A service for older people living in Cattistock, Chilfrome, Frome, Vauchurch, Maiden Newton, Toller Fratrum, Toller Porcorum, West Compton, Wynford Eagle.
Mid Dorset: Contact Sue Brazier – Tel: 01305 368908. Community service covering: Cerne Abbas, Piddle Valley, Milbourne St Andrew, Winterbourne Valley, Winterbourne Kingston, Milton Abbas, Hilton, Cheselbourne, Ansty, Melcombe, Bingham, Dewlish, Puddletown, Burleston, Affpuddle, Tolpuddle, Tincleton, Woodsford.
Netherbury: Contact Mrs Harvey – Tel: 01308 488350. Service for older people in Netherbury.
South Perrott & Cheddinton: Contact Mrs Osbourne – Tel: 01935 891625. Community service for covering South Perrott & Cheddinton.
Syndling St Nicholas: Contact Mrs Rowat – Tel: 01300 341794. Service for older people in Sydling St Nicholas.
Thorncombe: Contact Mrs Terrett on 01460 30464 or Mrs Holt on 01460 30428. Service for older people in Thorncombe.
Neighbourcar scheme available to older people and those with mobility needs within a 5 mile radius of Puddletown Surgery (not Dorchester area). Customers will be asked to register with the scheme for £5. Journeys will then be charged at 45p per mile with a minimum charge of £1.50.
Co-ordinator: Mike Chaneatley – Tel: 0800 7561015 Email: email@example.com
Sherborne Good Neighbours
A voluntary organisation supported by Sherborne Churches, Social Services, and Sherborne Town Council. Volunteers help with shopping, writing letters and form filling, reading to the older or housebound people, visiting those who would welcome some company. Volunteers also help with essential transport (40p per mile), practical assistance at home and sitting services to relieve carer. Telephone: 01935 815806/ 814490/813415/815127 between the hours of 9.00 am and 8.00 pm if possible giving 48 hours notice.
Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance
7 Horsecastles Lane
Tel: 01935 814079
The Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance serves the Sherborne and surrounding area and is free of charge. Available to the elderly and disabled only, there are 8-10 volunteer drivers. The service is not for individual use; the Voluntary Ambulance would arrange trips out to social events etc, and people are expected to phone up and add their name to the list. If a large enough group of people wish to go to, for example, the local shopping centre,
hospital, or social venue this can then be arranged. Therefore it is advisable to phone in advance to see what journeys are taking place. For further information contact Mr Mike Nurton on 01935 814079,
Village Car Service
For residents of Abbotsbury, Langton Herring, Portesham and surrounding areas. Available 7 days a week, all year round as an emergency service for medical appointments etc. Charges are 40p per mile, for further information contact:
Mrs H Morley 01305 871554 – Portesham residents
Mr M Pugh 01305 871001 - Abbotsbury residents
Weymouth Community Transport
17a Cambridge Road
Tel: 01305 783999
Weymouth Community volunteers run Weymouth Community Transport and have volunteer drivers able to take people to medical appointments such as hospital, doctors, dentist, chiropodist, and opticians if you meet the criteria, minimum donation of 50p per mile. There is a £5 annual registration fee. 2hrs waiting time is allowed for hospital appointments and 1hr waiting time for GP, dentists, chiropodist and optician appointments before bringing the client home again. Some drivers are also available at weekends Contact the transport team on 01305 783999.
Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester Dial-A-Bus
The Dial-a-bus service has been set up to provide wheelchair accessible transport for elderly and disabled people who find it difficult to use existing transport services. There are two schemes available which serve Dorchester, and Weymouth and Portland. Dial-a-bus offers you a specially adapted bus with trained staff to collect you from your home and take you either to Weymouth town centre, Dorchester town centre or Dorchester Tesco. You can use Dial-a-bus for any journey except hospital appointments. To join the scheme you need to contact the booking office on 01305 221059 and give details of your needs.
The co-ordinator will then send you an application form which must be signed by your GP or other professional carer. Once your form has been returned to the booking office you will be able to use the service. The service is available to residents of Weymouth and Portland on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Dorchester on Wednesdays.
One-off membership joining fee required and fares vary according to pick up area and destinations. Bookings are made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and should be made at least one day before you need to travel.
For further information and an application form telephone: 01305 221059
(Monday- Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm) or write to:
Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester Dial-a-bus
Weymouth & Portland Neighbourcar
Tel: 01305 774361
A community neighbourcar scheme for people who live within the immediate area of Weymouth and Portland who have no access to or are unable to use public transport. Office is open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm. For further information and bookings please contact the Co-ordinators Mr David Dowle or Ms Paula Way.
Weymouth Shopmobility – Wheels for Freedom
For people of any age who have mobility problems, whether the result of permanent of temporary disablement, age, accident or illness. Clients do not need to be registered disabled.Shopmobility can provide the short term loan of a wheelchair (powered or manual) or a powered scooter. Available in Weymouth on Tuesdays from 9.45am- 3.45pm (and Fridays excluding Bank Holidays from April to September), and Dorchester on Wednesdays. Optional Annual membership fee: £20, able to access a vehicle for £1 each time. Temporary membership for 3 months also available for £10. Day/Visitor membership, £3 per day for a wheelchair, £6 per day for a powered scooter, plus £5 refundable deposit. Long term loans of wheelchairs and scooters also available. For further information contact:Telephone: 01202 661770