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16 February 2014
Community transport 'getabout' scheme

Do you need help with transport?

  • Medical appointments
  • Visiting local clubs, groups, day centres
  • Visiting church
  • Shopping and social outings
  • Visiting family and friends

Who is eligible to use getabout Northumberland?

You can join if you:

  • are an older person
  • consider yourself to have a disability
  • cannot afford other transport options
  • live in rurally isolated areas
  • are a young family and rurally isolated
  • can't manage public transport

How much does it cost?

Annual membership of fee of £6.00 is required to join the scheme. The cost of your journey is calculated from the volunteer drivers' home to your destination and back at 50p per mile. As of 1 September, 2012, anyone who receives a concessionary bus pass is entitled to a 20% reduction on the cost per mile. You are invoiced once a month meaning you do not need to pay for each individual journey.

What vehicles are used?

Volunteer drivers' use their own cars and all are fully trained, CRB checked and insured. The drivers will help people you in and out of the vehicle, assist you to your destination and wait with you for company and support.

Drivers can also arrange to do your shopping for you, if you are unable to do it. You will only need to pay for the cost of the journey, and the shopping!

Could you be a driver for the scheme?

Do you have a valid driving licence, some spare time and feel you could offer your services as a volunteer driver?

Opportunities are available for people who have their own car and would like to help with the voluntary car scheme.

All posts are flexible and can be fitted around your availability.  All volunteers receive full training and support. Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

Finding out more

If you would like to find out more about using the getabout Northumberland transport scheme call 0845 266 8906. Alternatively contact rachelle.atchison@wrvs.org.uk or 0783 475 3387

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