Community transport schemes offer an alternative way to get around for those who struggle to use public transport. The provide a lifeline to the elderly and disabled in Berkshire as make getting out and about possible. Community transport schemes can be used to stay active in the community and attend day care centres or local lunch clubs.
Community transport schemes can also help the elderly get into town centres to do their shopping. An alternative stress free option to consider around preparing meals is meal delivery services in Berkshire.
If you are looking for transfer to and from hospital appointments, you may be eligible for non-emergency transport services in Berkshire.
This article will look at community transport schemes available across Berkshire.
Dial-a-Ride Services in Berkshire for the Elderly:
Keep Mobile: Bracknell Forest and Wokingham
A Dial-a-Ride service, Keep Mobile provides transport to the over 70s and disabled people of Bracknell Forest and Wokingham. The service is an affordable and accessible alternative to taxis and public transport. It runs from the door of members to their destination of choice, including shopping, social and medical visits.
Keep Mobile works off a membership basis. It costs £1 to register and £9 for an annual subscription to access services. The service runs Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. There is also a reduced Saturday service.
Telephone: 0345 544 0850
Readibus: Reading and West Berkshire
Readibus is the dial-a-ride service offering transport for people with restricted mobility around Reading and West Berkshire. The service is for people of all ages who struggle to use the mainstream public transport services on offer. Door to door journeys can be made including shopping, social and medical appointments.
Telephone: 0118 931 0000
Community Transport Dial-a-Ride: Slough
Slough community transport provide journeys to anyone living in the Slough area who has travel needs and cannot use public transport. Carers are welcome to accompany on journeys. The service can be used to get and about in the community including to hospital appointments, lunch clubs and to visit loved ones.
To join the scheme fill in this membership form. There is a £26 annual membership fee and journeys within the Slough council area cost £1.50 per mile. The service is generally available each day from 9am to 5pm. However, journeys outside these hours can be requested in advance and Slough community transport will try make arrangements.
Telephone: 01753 691 131
People2Places: Windsor and Maindenhead
For disabled and elderly people of Windsor and Maidenhead council area, People2Places run a dial-a-ride scheme. The service is available for transportation to hospital appointments, shopping or social visits. Longer trips outside of the borough can also be arranged. Carers and assistance dogs travel free of charge.
Access to People2Places is dependent upon a membership scheme. There is a fee of £16 to join and then a small fee on top for journeys made. Trips can be arranged on any day of the week, with at least a weeks notice. People2Places also run Shopmobilitys scheme in Windsor and Maidenhead town centres. Shopmobility is a mobility scooter hiring scheme to make shopping easier.
Voluntary Car Share Schemes Across Berkshire
Voluntary car share schemes match local willing community members with a car to elderly people in need of a lift. A shared ride can help elderly people pick up shopping, visit friends or go to the doctors. Furthermore, depending on the scheme, drivers can sometimes act as a companion and accompany the elderly whilst they shop or attend an appointment.
Across Berkshire, there are car share schemes serving each local area. Please find details of services available your elderly relative’s area below, along with contact details to get in touch.