There are a range of community transport services available across Hampshire, ready to help your elderly relative get about! These schemes include accessibility and disabled friendly measures, and provide a useful alternative to public transport.
Dial-a-Ride Services in Hampshire for the Elderly
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 buses
- 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 along side 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/to visit relatives
- Going into town to run errands/shopping
- Attending appointments such as medical, hairdressers, 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 they are in safe hands (all drivers are police checked and first aid trained). Whilst they can remain independent, choosing when and where they want to go, with friendly and caring company.
Rates are based on time and are quoted for each individual journey. Call for a quote in Hampshire and more details.
Community First Dial A Ride (North and East Hampshire)
The scheme runs a bookable door-to-door service from 5 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 (sometimes free of charge) between hubs. Click on your nearest hub below for more details:
- East Hampshire
- Fareham & Gosport
- Havant (including Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands)
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 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am – 10.30am, on Saturday. Vehicle operating times are between 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
Dial-a-Ride Southampton also runs monthly scheduled trips throughout the year to further a field destinations such as Gunwharf Quays shopping in Portsmouth and Brambridge Garden Centre. Visit their website for more details and dates of such trips. They provide a good opportunity to meet other elderly people in the area and enjoy a day out.
To become a member of the scheme, you/your elderly relative must fill out this application form. It is free to join the scheme. You can then book onto trips.
Telephone: 023 8022 2289
Voluntary Car Share Schemes Across Hampshire
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 120 local groups across Hampshire, offering a helping hand to others in the community through practical and emotional support.
In terms of transport, the Network offers a car share scheme for the elderly to get to health appointments and social visits. Although most provide transport services, the availability is dependent on the hub. However as there are so many hubs in close proximity across Hampshire, if the nearest does not offer transport services, try 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
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. In terms of transport, they offer a car share scheme to get elderly people to medical appointments.
Journeys cost a small mileage fee to cover volunteer’s expenses.
Telephone: 01983 525282
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.
Once completed, email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Communicare in Southampton, Voluntary Action Centre, Kingsland Square, Southampton, SO14 1NW.