Community First Oxfordshire supports the 60+ Community Transport (CT) schemes in the county. Their 1,300 volunteers make 75,000+ single journeys each year, primarily taking older people to medical appointments and accessing other key services. We offer Oxfordshire’s only comprehensive local support service for CT groups and develop and mentor new CT schemes. We have brokered free volunteer driver parking in OU hospitals and offer umbrella public liability insurance, significantly reducing costs for CT car schemes. We manage the OCTA badge parking permit system and administer the Oxfordshire Community Transport Advisory Group. We also have access to best practice advice from the UK Community Transport Network in England.

We have set up and operated our own Red Arrow Car scheme, which, in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire, helped their Circles of Support initiative, enabling people leaving hospital to feel better supported at home.

After this project there was recognition that transport was not just a rural issue and we have since set up a Red Arrow Car Scheme based within Oxford City.  For further details contact Toby Warren

Red Arrow Volunteer Drivers

In  Winter 2015 we  set up the Red Arrow Team, a community transport scheme that is part of Age UK Oxfordshire’s Circles of Support programme. Our team of 20 drivers provided back up to the county’s existing community transport schemes and we prioritised our help to older and more vulnerable people.

The Red Arrow Team found that 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 Emily Lewis-Edwards.

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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