Community Transport Schemes in Hampshire for the Elderly

Community Transport Schemes in Hampshire for the Elderly

There are a range of community transport services available across Hampshire, ready to help your elderly relative get about! These schemes include accessibility measures for those who are disabled or struggle with mobility and provide a useful alternative to public transport.

Dial-a-Ride Services in Hampshire for the Elderly

Accessible dial-a-ride services Dial-a-Ride services provide bookable, door-to-door minibus journeys for disabled and older people. You may consider looking into a service, if your relative:

  • lives too far from a bus stop (or struggles carrying shopping to the door)
  • finds it difficult getting on and off public busses
  • has no nearby bus service

Minibuses are specially adapted to carry wheelchairs. However, it is not necessary to be registered as disabled or use a wheelchair to be eligible for schemes.

Driving Miss Daisy

A Dial-a-Ride service with a difference – companionship and care is provided alongside transportation. An initial telephone conversation will match a driver and carer to your elderly relative in Hampshire. The use of Miss Daisy is then unlimited, including:

  • Getting to and from airports or train stations for holidays or to visit relatives
  • Going into town to run errands or do shopping
  • Attending appointments, including medical, hairdressers or social clubs
  • Assisting with social engagements with friends
  • Driving to weddings, receptions and funerals

Having a companion is so advantageous for you and your relative. You can trust that they are in safe hands (as all drivers are police checked and first aid trained), whilst remaining independent and choosing when and where they want to go in friendly and caring company.

Rates are based on time and are quoted for each individual journey. Use the details below to find out more information or to request a quote.

Community First Dial-a-Ride (North & East Hampshire)

The scheme runs a bookable door-to-door service from six hubs in North and East Hampshire. Your relative can shop, visit friends and more, improving quality of life and independence.

Operating times, contact details to book and prices differ between hubs. Visit the page for your nearest hub below for more details:

Dial-a-Ride Southampton

The service takes door-to-door bookings for transporting those with poor mobility around Southampton, enabling people to get out to where they want to be. Bookings can be taken between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

To become a member of the scheme, you or your elderly relative must fill out this application form. It is free to join the scheme and you will then be able to book trips.

Voluntary Car Share Schemes Across Hampshire

community transport can mean help with shopping Voluntary car share schemes are run by local people to support their elderly local neighbours. Schemes may be suitable if your elderly relative:

  • lives in a rural area with few public transport services
  • needs transport for specific needs, e.g. medical appointments
  • has limited mobility and requires a door-to-door service
  • sometimes needs extra support, e.g. during appointments or shopping trips (often volunteers are willing to assist here)

Good Neighbours Network, Hampshire-wide

The Good Neighbours Network is much more than a voluntary car share scheme. It is a collection of local groups across Hampshire, offering a helping hand to others in the community through practical and emotional support.

The Network offers a car share scheme for the elderly to get to health appointments and social visits. Although most hubs provide transport services, their availability will be dependent on the hub. However, as there are so many hubs in close proximity across Hampshire, if the nearest does not offer transport services, it is worth checking another one nearby.

To find your local service click here for a map of Good Neighbours Network Hubs across Hampshire. There is a contact number available for each and a list of services offered. Alternatively, you can view a current list of groups here. The transport service is free, but where possible it is asked that passengers reimburse drivers for motoring costs.

Good Neighbours Scheme, Isle of Wight

Friendly good neighbours help the elderly

Age UK co-ordinate the Good Neighbour Scheme on the Isle of Wight. It is built on a network of volunteers working within every community on the island. They offer a car share scheme to get elderly people to medical appointments.

Journeys cost a small mileage fee to cover volunteer’s expenses.

Communicare, Southampton

Communicare is a charity that aims to enrich the lives of lonely and isolated elderly people in Southampton. One service they offer is transport to medical appointments and social engagements, free of charge, where taxis and public transport are not an option.

Communicare is happy to hear from anyone, including concerned relatives. To make a referral, complete this form, making sure you read the notes for referrers.

Once completed, email the form to [email protected] or post to:
Communicare in Southampton, Voluntary Action Centre, Kingsland Square, Southampton, SO14 1NW.