Community Cars

Frome Community Cars was set up by Frome Town Council in December 2016 to provide affordable transport for those unable to access the things they need to due to physical disability, lack of resources or lack of services. Mendip Community Transport are unable to provide transport within the town so the scheme was set up to fill this gap.

The scheme now has over 30 volunteer drivers (but always needs more!) and in August 2017 conducted more than 140 lifts.

To register as a passenger, or if you would like to be a driver (even if you can only spare a small amount of your time), please call 07596591391 or send a message to fromecommunitycars@gmail.com

To get involved or find out more contact: fromecommunitycars@gmail.com or call Richard on 07596 591391.

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Other local schemes include:

The Patient Transport Advice Centre  Tel: 01278 727444  Email: transport@somerset.nhs.uk. The first point of contact for all Somerset GP patients enquiring about transport to their NHS appointments. Lines are open from 08:30 – 18:30 Monday to Friday. http://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/your-health/patient-transport/

British Red Cross Somerset Independent Living Team http://www.redcross.org.uk Tel: 01823-273707
Email: somersetindependentliving@redcross.org.uk Home and Transport Support offers transport to/from hospital or doctors’ appointments and other trips near or far, we can support with shopping or companionship on a short term basis. All our drivers are volunteers who use their own cars. They ask for a suggested donation of £10 plus 45p per mile.

Mendip Community Transport http://www.mendipcommunitytransport.co.uk
Slinky Service 01749–880482 – Mendip Community Transport. This service provides transport for Senior citizens, those with disabilities & socially excluded persons (i.e. no access to local bus routes). It is a first come, first served service so passengers are advised to give as much notice as possible, they can book up to 14 days in advance (15 days for medical appointment). Bus Passes are accepted.

Hospital Car Service – 01749-880613 Mendip Community Transport. This service provides transport to hospitals outside the Mendip Area for patients who are unable to use conventional public transport. Cost 60p per mile with a reduction if a Bus Pass is held.

The Blue Badge Schemhttp://www.somerset.gov.uk Email: adults@somerset.gov.uk Tel: 0845-345-9133 Provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties or who are who are severely sight impaired who travel as drivers or passengers. People who have a blue badge can park close to their destination in on-street parking and car parks. Call Somerset County Council on 0845 345 9133 or apply online via the website.

Moped Loan Scheme – Somerset Rural Youth Project http://www.sryp.org.uk Tel: 01278 722100 Email: mopeds@sryp.org.uk Provides an affordable and economical transport solution to young people aged 16 to 25 with no access to public transport.

ACE- Accessible Countryside for Everyone http://www.accessiblecountryside.org.uk
This site also provides information on Disabled Access, Wheelchair Walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles, Buggy Walks, taxi companies with disabled friendly taxis, along with wheelchair and scooter hire info.

Concessionary Bus Pass – Transporting Somerset Tel: 0845 345 9155 www.somerset.gov.uk Email: transport@somerset.gov.uk English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes are available for residents of Somerset who are of pensionable age or eligible on the grounds of disability. The pass allows you to travel free on buses in every area of England subject to certain time restrictions.

Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme – It may be possible to claim back travel expenses to hospital appointments, if you are in receipt of certain benefits. You may be able to get financial help from the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme if you: • are on a low income • need NHS treatment at a hospital, other NHS center or private clinic • have been referred by a healthcare professional. http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Travelcosts.aspx

Disabled Persons Railcard Email:disability@atoc.org Tel: 0845 605 0525 http://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk. You may be able to apply for a disabled person’s rail card, if you are in receipt of certain benefits, are visually impaired or registered as deaf, please see website for details, the card will allow you a third off rail travel and costs £20.00 a year.

National Express http://www.nationalexpress.com Tel: 08717-818178. Senior Coach Card, Disabled Coach Card and Young Persons Coach Card give a third off standard fares. Coach Card costs £10 a year.