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’.
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)
Tel: 01353 666555
Tel: 01480 432793
Peterborough Shopmobility (Queensgate)
Tel: 01733 313133
Tel: 0345 045 5212
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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’.
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
For repair and maintenance of a wheelchair you already have, call our approved repairer, Bartrams on 01353 778756.