Community and Voluntary Transport in Shropshire
There are two different schemes available for people who, for various reasons, cannot use public transport.
Community Transport groups are independent charities or voluntary organisations, working to support local people.
They seek funding from a number of sources to run the service and welcome donations.
Who is Community Transport for?
This service is for people who may not be able to use or have access to public transport. This may be people who can't walk to a bus stop and may need assistance to travel or it could be someone living in a rural area where public transport is not available.
It can also be used to help groups of people get to events and activities such as theatre, sport and festivals amongst others.
What can they offer?
- Door-to-door transport in local areas.
- Vehicle hire with volunteer drivers to get to events and activities.
- Maximum size is a 16 seater minibus.
How do I contact them?
Below is a list of all Community Transport providers operating in Shropshire with their contact addresses and telephone numbers.
Voluntary Car Service
The Voluntary Car Service (VCS) is made up of a team of dedicated volunteer drivers whose role is to provide transport for people with special requirements.
The VCS is managed by Passenger Transport Services at Shirehall, Shrewsbury.
Currently, there are around 75 volunteer drivers who, between them, cover journeys in and outside of Shropshire. The volunteers carry out a number of regular journeys, such as taking a child with special needs from home to school or driving an elderly person to a day centre.
Drivers provide a stable, caring service for local people and are able to forge excellent relationships with passengers.
Would you like to volunteer?
Volunteers can spend as much or as little time as they would like. No formal training is required, but drivers must be medically fit to drive in accordance with DVLA requirements.
For details on the scheme from the Licensing Authority, click here.
Details from the HM Revenue & Customs, click here.
How do I apply as a volunteer driver?
All volunteers will need to undertake a Council Driver Assessment (this is arranged by the Council as part of the registration process).
You will need to provide two character references and must satisfy a Criminal Bureau check. For more details on this, click here.
If you are interested in registering as a volunteer driver, contact our voluntary car co-ordinator on 01743 255613 or you can download the relevant application form.
Download the 'Getting Around Shropshire' leaflet which has contact details for all Community Transport operators