Press Release for Community Connections Project

Press Release for Community Connections Project A pilot community transport initiative is being launched this month which will be delivered in partnership by the county's existing Community Transport (CT) operators, funded by the Department for Transport's Total Transport initiative and supported by Worcestershire County Council and healthcare providers. It will seek to gather information about patients and hospital visitors' transport needs as well as assisting those unable to travel by any other means to get to hospital appointments and hospital visiting. Droitwich Spa & Rural Council for Voluntary Service are leading their partner CT schemes in Pershore, Redditch, Evesham and Worcester in the project delivery. Community Transport Connections will be providing transport for residents in Redditch, Worcester and the rural areas in between who need to get to either the Alexandra or Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, but have no access to or difficulty in using any other form of transport. Residents will need to register for the service and pre-book their journeys a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Fares and eligibility criteria apply for this service, so please ask for further details. The Booking Line is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. Tel: 0300 3239965 or Email: This service is provided by volunteers who give their time to support and assist people within their communities. If you can help support this service in either an admin or driver role please call 0300 3239965 to find out more. Training is provided and expenses are paid. Cllr Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "It is hugely important that transport options are available for people who need to get to their local GP or hospital. We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with health services and community transport groups to provide this pilot scheme that will allow people to get to a variety of healthcare settings quickly and safely. Simon Trickett, Accountable Officer for three Worcestershire CCGs, said: “We’re pleased that this transport scheme is now in place to offer local residents improved access to healthcare services. During work to reconfigure acute hospital services in the county, lots of people told us how they struggle to get to the different hospital sites. The transport options available were reviewed and hopefully this new service will help to strengthen local transport links. This scheme will offer an individual, patient focussed service supporting those who are unable to travel to do so.” Kate Walton, Chief Officer at Pershore Volunteer Centre, said: “We’re well aware of the difficulties many people face in getting to hospital appointments so we’re delighted that our community transport scheme is part of this project.” For more information, contact Kate Walton, Pershore Volunteer Centre 01386 554299

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