Helping Hand Card

Photo of a person holding a helping hand card

Helping Hand is an award-winning scheme empowering the holder to discreetly and directly advise of any assistance they may require. The card can be particularly helpful for customers with hidden disabilities.

The card holds a brief written instruction for the driver that can be shown upon boarding the bus. The driver is made aware of the customer's needs or requirements without the customer having to verbally communicate it.

The service user led scheme is now being used off the bus as well as - in taxis, shops and leisure establishments like the cinema.

If you or someone you know would benefit from using one of these cards, the link to apply for them is below.

For example, "Please face me I lip read" can help anywhere at any time.


Helping Hand card reading 'Please wait until I'm seated' For the customer that may need time to find a seat in priority seating before the driver pulls away. This is very helpful for customers with hidden disabilities.
Helping Hand card reading 'Pushchair can't be folded' This card is helpful for customers who have extra special requirements such as a pushchair with oxygen or other medical equipment being carried.
Helping Hand card reading 'I have epilepsy' For passengers who may wish to discreetly advise a staff member of a medical condition; helping to make them feel more confident when travelling.
Helping Hand card reading 'Priority seating required' This card is particularly helpful for customers with hidden disabilities. This has helped to advise the driver, although some customers have also advised fellow travellers by using the card.
Helping Hand card reading 'Please call out my stop' For buses without audio and visual announcements, this card is really helpful for blind or visually impaired customers to be advised of their stop.

We provide further examples on the application form, although we will discuss with you personally your requirements, and create bespoke designs on request.

Helping Hand card reverse

The reverse of the card can display, if required, the customer's name and emergency contact number. This is optional, but it can offer assurance and instil confidence, that if needed, someone they know can be called upon for help. This is especially relevant for customers living with epilepsy, Alzheimer's or dementia.

How to apply for a Helping Hand card

You can either apply online or by calling 01273 886200 where one of our customer service advisors will be happy to help.

Helping Hand was designed by those people who use the services provided by the charities listed below. They directly influenced the final colour, overall design and - of course - the wording on the cards.

We spoke to them directly.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the following organisations - without whom the award-winning Helping Hand would not exist.

Grace Eyre Logo

Grace Eyre

Action on Hearing Loss logo

Action on Hearing Loss

Guide Dogs logo

Guide Dogs (Brighton & Maidstone)

Possability People Logo

Possability People

The Helping Hand scheme is a Go-Ahead Group initiative and is administered for us by the Brighton & Hove Bus Company.