Community transport schemes
There are a several community transport/ neighbour car schemes able to help you with the occasional journey to the GP, shopping trip, hospital visit, social event, or other appointments. The schemes are mainly run by volunteers but may be funded by the local authority or local church or charity organisations. As most of the drivers are volunteers transport provided will mainly be just to drop you at your destination and pick you up again if requested. Most drivers will be using their own vehicles and may not be insured to take passengers who use a wheelchair or passengers who are likely to be unwell on the journey. The drivers will not be able to accompany you to your appointment and wait to bring you home again unless this is part of the remit of the service the organisation provides. In most cases you will be charged for or asked for a donation to the service, and journeys need to be booked in advance as these services are not emergency services. Please check what each service can provide when booking your journey. To find out which services are available in your area go online at: https://www.mylifemycare.com/directory-transport?q=Neighbour+Cars&size=20&sort=Title
Help & Care Volunteer Services – volunteers can help with a variety of one off tasks including transport to appointments in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas. For more information contact Nisa Leach on 0300 111 3303, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at https://www.helpandcare.org.uk/services/volunteering-services/ .
Wheelchair friendly transport schemes
Some larger charity or community transport schemes can accommodate a wheelchair or offer community bus services to passengers who are unable to access local public transport due to disability or isolation. Some organisations also run designated shopping trips and social outings. Details of organisations can be found at https://www.mylifemycare.com/directory-of-transport?f=Wheelchair+accessible&sort=Title&size=20
Organisations able to offer shopping trips, social excursions, transport to and from hospital include:
By making use of the local accessible school buses during their downtime Blandford Bus-2-Go offer shopping trips and excursions to local people regardless of age or mobility. Picking up from Puddletown, Bere Regis, Winterbourne Kingston, Milbourne St Andrew, Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton, the 3 Okefords and surrounding villages. For further details and charges contact 07917298321, email: email@example.com or go online at: https://www.bus2godorset.org/ .
Bride Valley Dial-a-Bus
Door to Door accessible transport from the Bride Valley to Bridport town centre every Wednesday. The service will pick you up from your door and return you home again. For further details contact 01305 228965.
Christchurch Neighbour Cars/ Dial-a-Bus
Offer services in the Christchurch area such as:
- Dial-a-Bus – designated shopping trips to Sainsburys, organised excursions to places of interest.
- Neighbour Cars – volunteer drivers who will take you to appointments, stay with you if requested, and bring you home again.
For further information and details of charges contact 01202 989632 / 959499 or go online at: http://www.christchurchcommunitypartnership.org.uk/dial-a-bus.html and
Dial-a-bus Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland
Specially adapted buses and trained staff offering door to door transport for local people unable to access public transport to local shopping centres.
Nordcat – North Dorset Door to Door
Accessible transport for people living in North Dorset for shopping trips, visiting friends, medical appointments etc. Contact 01258 472164 for more details.
Sedcat – (South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport)
Offer services such as, please book in advance:
- Bat Bus – accessible transport in and around Bournemouth. Timetable of services to designated shopping centres such as Castlepoint, organised excursions to places of interest throughout the week and some weekends.
- Hospital Hop Transport – wheelchair accessible transport to appointments at Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals for people living within the BH1 – BH11 areas.
- Long Loan Scheme – manual wheelchairs, electric scooters, small collapsible scooters available for long loan or hire.
- Shop Mobility Castlepoint – access to wheelchairs and electric scooters while shopping at Castlepoint Shopping Centre.
For further information and details of charges contact 01202 399700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.sedcat.org.uk/index.html .
Shopmobility Boscombe – access to wheelchairs, electric scooters and mini-scooters available to disabled shoppers visiting the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe. For further information and prices contact Living and Mobility on 01202 900859, email: email@example.com https://www.lifestyleandmobility.co.uk/ .
Community door to door service in the Swanage area on Tuesdays 11am – 3pm taking travellers to Swanage Town Centre and the Swanage Market. For further details and to book a journey contact Dorset Direct on 01305 228965.
Shopping transport service available to Purbeck residents who are unable to use normal public transport. For more details and enquiries contact 01258 472164, to book a journey contact 01258 473154.