Help & Assistance

Transport

These are transport schemes (many of them subject to availability of volunteers) to help people with mobility problems who cannot get about easily and find it difficult to use public transport. There are several different options which may be especially useful if you are trying to arrange transport at short notice; you may need to ring round to see which organisation can help. One or two organisations can also provide escorts to stay with people during appointments where this is an issue.

British Red Cross

Will also take people to London hospitals and elsewhere in the UK
Shopping, social activities, day centres, care homes and medical appointments eg GP, hospital outpatients, dentist, optician
Can also provide an escort who, if necessary, will stay throughout the journey
Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available
Book at least 48 hours in advance
Journeys are charged per mile
Also offer short-term loans of mobility aids including wheelchairs
Tel: 0800 028 0831

·        Email: enquirieskentandsussex@redcross.org.uk

Web: www.redcross.org.uk/nearyou

Compaid

Does not cover London

Minibus offers support to disabled people for hospital and other medical appointments, outings to local attractions and attending community centres.
Journeys charged per mile
Tel: 01892 832447
Email: transport@compaid.org.uk

Dial 2 Drive Community Transport

Will also take people to London
Volunteer drivers also use their own cars to take members to medical and social appointments. This includes such things as doctors, hospitals, chiropodists, day centres, hairdressers, lunch clubs, opticians and shopping. For those unable to access public transport due to old age, illness or disability. Drivers can be booked for days, evenings or weekends. You have to take out annual membership (£20 for a year) and pay for mileage (60p per mile, minimum £4)
Also minibus service for shopping and social outings. Passengers book in advance and are picked up from and returned to home. Annual membership applies
Operated by Imago (formerly Voluntary Action Within Kent)
Tel: 0300 777 1200, 01892 530330
Email: driving@imago.community
Web: www.imago.community

Kent Karrier Dial-a-Ride Service

Does not cover London
Scheduled minibus route once a week to enable people to get to the nearest supermarket or town centre for shopping etc. It is intended for people who can’t use public transport and is wheelchair-accessible. People have to join (membership costs £5 for a year) and then pay a subsidised fare per journey (ranges from £1.80 to £3.20)
Operated by Compaid. Web: www.kent.gov.uk/travelaroundkent
To join  Tel: 0300 333 5712
To book  Tel: 01892 722297, 832447  Email: transport@compaid.org.uk

Patient Transport Service

NHS-funded transport to or from your hospital appointment
You will be asked questions to check your eligibility
This will depend on your medical needs and mobility
Tel: 0843 224 1888

 Sevenoaks Buses 4 U

Does not cover London
Offers a minibus service to those who do not have access to other bus or rail services. Annual membership applies
Operated by East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership
Tel: 01883 732791
Email: rtp@tandridge.gov.uk

Sevenoaks Volunteer Transport Group

Will take people to London
Provides transport, using volunteer drivers, for elderly, infirm or disabled residents to access medical appointments at clinics and hospitals
Tel: 01732 458931, 451507

Voluntary Action Maidstone volunteer transport

Volunteer transport
Charges apply
May be useful if you have to attend appointments at Maidstone Hospital
Tel: 01622 756662 Web: www.vam-online.org.uk

Lifts
For pensioners to Post Office, Sainsbury’s, Swanley – Liz on 865529

Wheelchair
Available for short-term loan – contact Frank 862519

Feeling anxious or worried?
and need to talk, or if you know someone who needs a kind thought, Mary Hill 862722

Help for the elderly
Mary Hill on 862722 for a comprehensive booklet.

Hospital visiting
Please notify Gillian on 866228 if someone would like a vicit from the church pastoral team.