LLRA have been approached by Penny Hardman, Deputy Manager at Lincoln Area DialaRide to promote their community transport services to eligible Long Leys residents who have mobility problems and have difficulty in using public transport.
Penny advises: “DialaRide offers a door to door service for those with mobility problems, providing transport to take you to visit people, go shopping, have days out and attend medical appointments. We have a fleet of 14 adapted mini-buses, our drivers are volunteers and are fully DBS checked and trained. Our aim is to keep those within the community as mobile and independent as possible. Three of the buses are brand new, thanks to a £100,000 Big Lottery Fund award.
Some of our vehicles have ramps and some lifts, meaning we can take wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The vehicles are well suited to those with mobility issues and can even take registered users on holiday. We are a registered charity so do not look to make a profit, just to keep the service going and keep the buses well maintained. We charge £1.80 for the first two miles of a journey and 80p a mile thereafter. If someone travels with the registered user, this will be £1 per trip.”
To register with DialaRide there is a yearly fee of £10 and journeys can be booked upto 7 days in advance. The booking line is open at 09.00 to 15.30 Monday to Friday on (01522) 544983 and you can register for the service on the phone. For more information call the booking line or visit LincolnDialaRide.co.uk. Penny has offered to visit Long Leys one Tuesday afternoon to talk to eligible residents about the service and to bring one of the buses for residents to see. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from this service and would like to hear more please email LLRA@long-leys.org with your contact details
DialaRide also operate a number of Shopper Buses around Lincoln, taking registered users on a regular weekly shop to local supermarkets. View the Shopper Buses leaflet pdf for details on existing routes. Penny suggested that if there was sufficient demand for this service (about 5 or 6 people travelling) then a Monday morning Shopper Bus could potentially be made available to eligible Long Leys residents. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this type of service then email LLRA@long-leys.org with your contact details and your preferred supermarket, time and day of week and LLRA will work with DialaRide to see if there is sufficient demand for a Long Leys Shopper Bus to be added.
Note: Lincoln Area DialaRide Ltd is a Registered Charity that is managed by a Board of Trustees that includes users of both the DialaRide (DAR), Voluntary Car Scheme (VCS) & Shopmobility services.
As usual, could I ask Long Leys residents to share this information with near neighbours who might not have access to the Internet or email. Thank you.