Linking Dorset: a community transport advice line

2 years ago Tue 5th Nov 2019

Photo of the Linking Dorset partners launching the new scheme

Telephone number: 01202 586055 (opens 12th December 2019)

Business and organisations across Dorset have come together in a bid to help people get out-and-about more across the county.

An array of transport opportunities, including local bus services community-based minibus schemes, community car schemes, dial-a-ride - and even use of statutory services vehicles for specific group activities - helps ensure those living in the area are not isolated.

Now, a partnership led by PramaLife and facilitated by morebus - called Linking Dorset - will provide a joined-up way of signposting people to transport schemes available.

The partners are also working closely with Dorset Community Action, Dorset Community Transport, Bus2Go, SEDCAT (South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport), NorDCAT (North Dorset Community Accessible Transport), DING (Dorset Interactive Neighbourcar Group), Christchurch Community Partnership, Hope in the Community, Faithworks Wessex, Help and Care, and CAN: Community Action Network to run the initiative.

“Having easy access to local transport is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing - particularly for more vulnerable members of the community,” said Morebus head of communications, Nikki Honer.

“We are delighted to be involved in such an important initiative. Our team will operate a special information helpline - between 10am and 2pm on weekdays - to signpost those seeking transport in their area.”

Linking Dorset is a signposting service only and will use the information readily available on the Dorset Council website and BCP website to give out contact details of nearest schemes. Members of Morebus’ existing customer service team will manage the helpline for Linking Dorset, which is set to go live on 12th December 2019.

Once armed with the information they need, users of the service will be able to contact local schemes themselves to make bookings.