Being able to get out and about is really important and can make all the difference, whether it’s to keep in touch with your friends or family, have a social life, take some exercise, get involved in leisure activities, as well as do the practical things like get to work or go to health or other appointments.
Sometimes it can be trickier to do this as your situation changes but there are a lot of things around to help you get about on your own, with support from others, and to maintain your independence.
There are a number of discount schemes on for buses and rail travel and you may be eligible for a free bus pass(sometimes called a concessionary bus pass) if you meet age or disability criteria.
If you are 60 years old or over, you can apply for a National Rail Senior Railcard.
Some people find it difficult to use public transport or it may not be available from where you live, so you may want to find out about community transport options. These include services like Dial-a-ride, and volunteer car schemes to help people get to hospital appointments. More detail is found:
The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair by exchanging their government funded mobility allowance.
If you receive the following, you may be eligible to join the Motability Scheme:
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
A Blue Badge is a disabled parking permit that allows people who are registered blind, or those with severe mobility issues, easier access to public facilities. The section also provides information on disabled parking bays.
Considering a cycle or tricycle may be an option.
These sites have lots of information about taking your vehicle on public transport and useful tips about safety and keeping your vehicle roadworthy:
Using mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs on the road.
Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) has published a wide range of information about mobility scooters.
Information about staying safe when you're out and about: An Easy Read guide for people with learning disabilities