Getting out and about in Cambridgeshire

Activities and groups

To find events and activities, groups, clubs and organisations near to you, or opportunities for learning and study, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/careandsupport and see ‘Getting out & about: Social, leisure, activities and volunteering’.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service

Tel: 01223 464696
Web: www.cambridgecvs.org.uk

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations

Tel: 01480 420601
Web: www.huntsforum.org.uk

Transport

Shopmobility

If you have a mobility problem, even temporarily, Shopmobility can lend you a wheelchair or scooter to help you shop or use other local facilities. To find out about services in your area, visit www.shopmobilityuk.org

Cambridge city centre Shopmobility

Tel: 01223 461858 (Grafton Centre) / 01223 457452 (Grand Arcade)
Web: www.cambridge.gov.uk/shopmobility

Ely Shopmobility

Tel: 01353 666555
Web: www.eastcambs.gov.uk

Huntingdonshire Shopmobility

Tel: 01480 432793
Web: www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Peterborough Shopmobility (Queensgate)

Tel: 01733 313133
Web: www.peterborough.gov.uk

Community transport

Contact your district council to find out about community transport where you live.

Tel: 0345 045 5212
Web: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/communitytransport

Dial-a-Ride

Door-to-door transport in fully accessible vehicles. Use Dial-a-Ride to go shopping, to a group or club, visit friends and family or for other journeys. You need to be a member of the scheme.

Volunteer car schemes

These schemes enable people to get to medical appointments, go to the shops or keep in touch with family and friends where they would otherwise be unable to. Journeys are provided by volunteer drivers and booked through a co-ordinator.

Taxicards

Taxicard discount schemes in Cambridge city and some Cambridgeshire villages are available for people with a disability or on a low income.

Tel: 01223 457200
Email: taxicard@cambridge.gov.uk

Even without a discount, taxis can help you get out and about if family or friends are not available and you need to get to an appointment or access services.

Motability

This scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair by exchanging their government funded mobility allowance.

Tel: 0300 456 4566
Web: www.motability.co.uk

Bus passes

You may be eligible for a free bus pass if you meet age or eligibility criteria. Find out more and apply online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/buspass or call 0345 045 1367.

Blue Badges

A Blue Badge is a disabled parking permit. It allows people who are registered blind or severely sight impaired, or who have severe mobility issues, access to public facilities by allowing the vehicle they are travelling in to park close to where they need to go. Find out more and apply for a Blue Badge at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/bluebadges or call 0345 045 5204.

Railcards

A railcard gives you discounts on rail fares. To find out about the railcards available, including a disabled person’s railcard and a senior railcard for people aged over 60, visit www.railcard.co.uk.

For more information about getting around, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/careandsupport and see ‘Getting out & about’.

Wheelchair service

If you feel a wheelchair would be helpful to you, talk to your GP or health worker.

Current users should contact the wheelchair service directly for re-assessment, reviews, appointments or general enquiries.

Tel: 0300 123 1403
Email: provide.enquiries@nhs.net

For repair and maintenance of a wheelchair you already have, call our approved repairer, Bartrams on 01353 778756.