Don’t have your own transport? Struggle to use public transport?
We may be able to help! We operate a volunteer transport scheme from Monday to Friday, covering Wantage, Grove and outlying villages. We drive clients to Day Centres, surgeries, hospitals, shops, to visit friends and many more locations! There is a charge for using the transport scheme and you must call to book in advance. Typical charges (at current prices*) include – Wantage to Mably Way surgery £5.00, Wantage to JR hospital £22**.
Are you receiving Income Support or Pension Credit Guarantee? If so, we may be able to claim the cost of a hospital journey directly from the hospital. Please note that for hospital trips, the driver will normally wait up to 3 hours. Trips of longer duration (eg day surgery) will be charged as 2 trips.
Please call the WIAC on 01235 765348 for more details or to make a transport booking.
The WIAC has a small number of its own wheelchairs which can be used by clients for the journey to and from the car/location. However, unfortunately our drivers are not able to transport a client who would need to remain in the wheelchair for the journey itself.
Last year (April 17-March 18) our 60 volunteer drivers transported over 6,000 people nearly 100,000 miles in and around the Vale of White Horse. About 25% of our drives are to the Oxford Hospitals, however take a look at our recent Annual Report on the ABOUT US page if you would like to know a little more.
We are currently looking for new volunteer drivers, particularly for a new Faringdon initiative. We would really like to find a few people who are happy with short, local drives in and around Faringdon and its surrounding villages. Just an hour or two once a week to collect a client from their own home to take them to the Day Centre (and/or return them back home) would make such a difference. Head over to our VOLUNTEERING section to read a little more, or just ring 01235 770318 and ask for Wendy or Paula to talk a little more about this initiative and how you may be able to help.
The Wantage Transport Service was a pilot scheme, launched in Autumn last year, provided in partnership with Wantage Town Council and Comet. It involves several mini-bus routes around Wantage town on a Wednesday. There are more than a dozen pick-up / drop-off points on the timetable including Mably Way Health Centre. The scheme is undergoing a few tweaks during July & August this year which involve a pricing promotion and a route change. Watch this space for news very soon. Come in and have a chat with us at 16 Market Square to sign up
* Current prices: as at April 2017
** Please note that a small proportion of the charge is used to cover the administration costs of the transport scheme.