Transport

Transport

Transport

There are 60+ Community Transport (CT) schemes in Oxfordshire. Their 1,300 volunteers make 75,000+ single journeys each year, primarily taking older people to medical appointments and accessing other key services.

Oxfordshire is ageing rapidly. The population of over 85’s is set to double between 2011 and 2020. Older people contribute hugely to their communities as active citizens, volunteers and carers. Inevitably, however, they need support as they age and become less able to live independently.

Following reductions in bus subsidies, Dial a Ride and Patient Transport Services, there will be more demand for these volunteer services.

CFO’s community transport work:

  • supporting Oxfordshire’s existing CT schemes
  • helping develop and mentor new CT schemes
  • running the Red Arrow community transport scheme in Oxford City
  • brokering free volunteer driver parking in OU hospitals
  • offering umbrella Public Liability Insurance, significantly reducing costs for CT car schemes
  • managing the OCTA badge parking permit system
  • administering the Oxfordshire Community Transport Advisory Group
  • circulating best practice advice from the UK Community Transport Network

Many community transport schemes in Oxfordshire are run as Good Neighbours Schemes, supported by Volunteer Link Up

 

Volunteer Drivers

If you would like to learn more about community transport and volunteer driving, please contact Toby Warren or call him on 01865 883488. We can point you towards the relevant community transport scheme.

CFO maintains a Directory of Transport Schemes so please use this to find a scheme in your local area. You can also use the Age UK Community Information Network Directory to locate a scheme near you.

CFO also runs a community transport scheme in Oxford City – Red Arrows

Many people in Oxford needed their help – if you are older and unwell even a short bus journey to a hospital appointment is an unpleasant ordeal.

Therefore, we are  now recruiting more volunteer drivers based in Oxford, who can help residents in Oxford.

If you would like to volunteer as a Red Arrow driver please contact Toby Warren.

Community Transport Directory

Community First Oxfordshire produces a Directory of Community Transport Schemes for Oxfordshire, containing contact details of car schemes and community minibuses across the county.

Supported Transport Commission

In 2015, we were the County Council’s independent facilitator for a consultation on proposed changes to subsidised bus and Dial a Ride services. We chaired 7 public meetings, staffed a helpline for 12 weeks, took 120 phone calls, sent out 200+ hard copies of the survey out and completed 30-40 surveys with people over the phone. We engaged regularly with Parish and Town councils and informed County and District councillors. We involved 28 specialist groups and there were 2,000 responses in total.

Community First Oxfordshire’s Supported Transport Consultation Report has now been made available by Oxfordshire County Council.

UPDATE: Oxfordshire County Council have held a meeting to discuss these issues and have released the following press release: Oxfordshire County Council – Press Release – Supported Transport Services – 11th November 2015.

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