Elderly or mobility-impaired residents of West Berkshire may find it difficult to use public or private transport. The voluntary sector provide a number of schemes to assist.
Community Minibus Services
Community minibus schemes are primarily intended for group bookings, although if space is available individual bookings may also be taken. Whilst the focus is on the elderly and mobility impaired people, these schemes tend to provide specific solutions that complement the public bus services. Community Minibus Services are provided by voluntary organisations. They are committed to providing this service, but are only able to help where volunteer drivers are available.
Through the provision and maintenance of minibuses, minibus driver training and a series of grants, West Berkshire Council seek to assist the Community Car and Minibus Schemes in West Berkshire.
Community Car Schemes
Volunteers, using their own cars, work to help elderly and disabled people who are unable to use public services and who do not have access to private transport. These are not taxi services and at least 48 hours notice should be given when making a booking. Contributions are requested to cover the running cost of the vehicle. If you have a wheelchair, as the cars are generally privately owned you will need to discuss your requirements with the operator before they take your booking.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver, details of what may be required and how to contact your nearest volunteer bureau or co-ordinator can be found at Becoming a Volunteer Car Scheme Driver.