Social Car and Community Transport Scheme
We operate an extensive transport scheme for frail, elderly, disabled and vulnerable people in Rutland who have difficulty in travelling independently around the area covered by the Social Car Scheme.
This is a door-to-door service where volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to pick up clients and return them to their homes. The driver will wait for a reasonable time until the visit or appointment is over. Clients who travel with our transport scheme are expected to contribute toward the cost of their journey according to a set tariff.
We welcome enquiries from those who find it difficult or impossible to use public transport, people who are geographically isolated and those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.
Normally the booking staff will require at least seven working days to allocate a driver; this is dependent on driver availability. Please complete a Social Car Transport Booking Form.
If you have Microsoft Word you can complete and email this Social Car Transport Request Form back to us. If you don't have Microsoft Word you can print this version of the Social Car Transport Form (pdf) and post it to us; or contact Transport Office by phone.
Minibuses and Other Vehicle Hire
Voluntary Action Rutland also offers the hire of the following vehicles:
Peugeot 16 seat minibus, wheelchair accessible with tail lift, and side entry with retractable side step. Up to a maximum of 4 wheelchairs. Various seating configurations.
Fiat 14 seat minibus, wheelchair accessible with tail lift, and side entry with retractable side step. Up to a maximum of 4 wheelchairs. Various seating configurations.
Peugeot Teepee 6 seats or 4 seats and 1 wheelchair-accessible
Conditions for hire apply, please contact the transport office for further details. If you wish to book a vehicle please complete this Microsoft Word form and email it to the Transport office VAR Community Transport booking form (CVBF01)
If you don't have Microsoft Word you can print this PDF version of the VAR Comunity Transport Booking form, complete it and post it back to us.
Voluntary Action Rutland took delivery of a new community wheelchair accessible minibus provided as part of the Department of Transports 25M community transport fund to support voluntary organisations as they provide vital services for people in rural communities with limited transport choices. The fund is focused on existing voluntary and third sector organisations that already have a permit to run not-for-profit services of benefit to the local community.
We are in constant need of additional drivers to drive their own cars to provide transport for frail elderly, disabled and vulnerable adults in Rutland to attend medical appointments, make essential journeys and join in social activities.
You decide how often you drive and what journeys. This is a great way to meet new people and support your local community.
A generous mileage allowance is paid to cover out of pocket expenses when using your own car. Journeys will be offered to you with as much notice as possible, and you are free to accept as many or as few as you wish to.
All our volunteer drivers will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and provide 2 references.
57 volunteers drive for the Car Scheme
2,700 people are registered with the Scheme (5% increase from the previous year)
20,000 journeys were undertaken last year (2% increase from the previous year)
221,746 miles were travelled (6.5% increase from previous year)