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Community Transport Services in Christchurch and Canterbury

Tuesday, October 29, 2013   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: disabilities, transport, older people

A new resource called Community Transport Services in Christchurch/Canterbury  is now available on the Age Concern Canterbury website.

This was developed because of concerns after the earthquakes about the problems for some older people who have mobility issues in getting around the city and  wider area.  Problems with transport were contributing to social isolation among older people as well as practical difficulties.

The list includes vans and mini bus services, volunteer and paid driving services, and car pooling.  Some services are just for medical appointments but others can be used  for shopping, leisure and pleasure activities and opportunities for social connection.

Information on the vehicles is included, whether there is a cost or not, what activities the service can be used for, and that drivers have been police checked.  

The resource was developed as a project by a transport committee formed from Elder Care Canterbury and put into its final form by the Red Cross.

It can be printed off but will be mainly an electronic resource so it can easily be kept up to date.  This is a major problem with printed directories which can rapidly go out of date, and to be useful information must be current.

Not all older people will use the internet but many do these days or their family or care givers will.

Visit the Age Concern Canterbury information database and search for Transport to view the resource.