Getting Around

Getting Around

getting around

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Travel concessions

If you or the person you look after have mobility problems, getting around can be more costly. There are several schemes that give transport discounts for carers and people with disabilities.

On the buses

On the trains

NRAS has a useful site on travel concessions:  Click here

Driving

If you hold a current driving licence and develop arthritis, and the illness affects your driving and has lasted more than 3 months, you must inform the Drivers Medical Group at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea. When applying for a provisional licence you must declare that you have arthritis. People with arthritis are not exempted from wearing a seat belt – if you find it difficult to fasten your seat belt there are adaptations available, an Occupational Therapist can advise you on  this and on how best to adapt the seat and seat-belt height for your comfort

Arthritis Research UK produce a booklet “Everyday Living and Arthritis” which discusses driving. This is available on-line or can be obtained for free from Arthritis Care (see Appendix for contact details):

Click here

 

Car Adaptions
Mobility Scheme
Disabled Motorists Federation
Parking - Blue Badge Scheme

 

Transport Access People

A range of schemes providing bookable transport for individuals and groups to access health care and Social Services and for social transport. TAP has a large number of volunteers with private cars and accessible vehicles suitable for manual and electric wheelchairs. Age UK’s minibuses are available for excursions and group hire. TAP also provides transport out of county.

 Contact Details: 

 

Ann Lewis
Director of Transport.
Age UK Cornwall ane The Isles of Scilly
Boscawen House
Chapel Hill, Truro Cornwall
TR1 3BN
01872 223388
F01872 266386
ann.lewis@ageukcornwall.org.uk

West Cornwall Community Wheels

A community based transport scheme that offers members (over 60’s, people with disabilities and those with no transport) a flexible service at realistic prices.

 Services Offered: 

 

  • Dial-a-Ride in the Hayle area.
  • Dial-a-Ride in the ‘Six Parishes’ area (see below for details).
  • Helston Link service.
  • Dial-a-Ride in the East Lizard area.
  • Volunteer car scheme service.

The Dial-a-Ride  covers Hayle, St Erth, and Gwinear-Gwithian, this provides a journey-to-work scheme feeding into local bus and rail services. During the day, passengers can use the service to get into Hayle for shopping, doctors’ appointments and other reasons. There is also a Dial-a-Ride service that covers the ‘Six Parishes’ area (Breage, Crowan, Germoe, Perranuthnoe, Sithney and St Hilary). This service provides weekly shopping trips to Camborne, Helston and Penzance. It also provides access to doctors’ surgeries at Helston, Marazion and Praze-an-Beeble.

The third service serves the residents of Helston and the nearby communities (Lowertown, CoverackBridges and Trannack). This service provides a weekly journey into Helston. It can drop you at the Hospital, shops, surgery or most obvious destinations in the town. The fourth Dial-a-Ride service covers the ‘East Lizard’ area (Mawgan, Manaccan, St Anthony, St Keverne and St Martin). This service provides a weekly trip with two drops each day into Helston. It is ideal for shopping, appointments and any other visits. It can drop you in the town centre, at the Hospital, doctors’ surgery or most other destinations in the town.

The voluntary car scheme service operates with volunteers using their own cars giving lifts to passengers, including schoolchildren, social services clients and patients. If you need help getting to Hospital, your doctor or other appointments. A wheelchair accessible car is also available.

 Contact Details: 

 

Becca Shearing
Manager
Units 1 & 2, Foundry House
Foundry Square
Hayle Cornwall
TR27 4HH
01736 757364
F01736 757328
communitywheels@gmail.com