Community transport schemes are getting financial backing yet again this year to help people get out and about.
Each of Derbyshire’s seven community transport schemes will get a share of a £1.5m grant from the county council to help with day-to-day running costs.
And Rural Action Derbyshire is being given £50,000 for the Wheels to Work Scheme which helps people who would otherwise have difficulty getting to work or training.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s highways chief, said: “Community transport and the voluntary car schemes do an excellent job in helping people who have difficulty using public transport keep their independence and get around to places like the shops or doctors’ surgeries.”
He added: “Wheels to Work is a great scheme in helping people reach employment. We’re pleased to be able to support both these initiatives again this year. They’re a lifeline for many people – particularly in rural areas.”
Community transport schemes in Derbyshire provide a range of transport services including Dial-a-Bus.
All community transport schemes in Derbyshire are charitable organisations and they use a mix of volunteer and paid drivers trained to meet the varying needs of their passengers.
They run about 120 vehicles ranging from small people carriers to 32 seat buses.
For more details about community transport services in Derbyshire visit www.derbyshirect.co.uk.