If you and/or the person you care for are finding it difficult to get out and get about, there are a number of schemes that aim to make life easier.
Radar toilet key
The Radar key gives you independent access to over 9,000 accessible toilets in the UK. Radar keys can be purchased at a large range of outlets including Disability Rights UK and the Blue Badge Company and if you are a disabled person you should be able to buy the key VAT free.
If the person you care for qualifies for a key, this can help them (and you) get around more easily knowing they will have access to a suitable toilet. Find out more at Disability Rights UK or contact the council’s Disability Services on 0161 217 6029.
The Blue Badge
The Blue Badge helps you park closer to your destination in specified parking places, reducing the distance you need to walk. If the person you care for qualifies for a Blue Badge, you can use it when you take them out.
The Blue Badge is mainly available to anyone who: receives the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), received 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), is registered blind or receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS). You can read more about eligibility for getting a Blue Badge here.
A Blue Badge costs up to £10 in England and usually lasts up to three years.
You can apply on the government website here.
If you need help completing the application form online, you can call Stockport Council’s Blue Badge Team on 0161 474 3422 between 10am and 2pm or email email@example.com. Alternatively Age UK Stockport may be able to offer assistance with applications. You can call them on 0161 480 1211.
Stockport Car Scheme
Stockport Car Scheme provides volunteer drivers to help people who struggle to use public transport and disabled people and their carers with shopping trips, social groups, day centres, visiting and health appointments.
Easy-Go CT (Stockport)
Easy Go CT provides community transport for people with mobility difficulties or disabilities. The Easy Go CT buses have tail-lifts and provide a door-to-door service so that people can go shopping, attend the doctors or hospital and visit places of worship.
Easy Go CT can also take people on longer excursions, including holidays. Group bookings are available for community groups in Stockport. All journeys can be booked three weeks in advance and TfGM Travel Vouchers are accepted.
Call 0161 419 3580, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ring & Ride accessible minibuses
Ring & Ride provide accessible, low cost transport to disabled people and older people with walking difficulties. If you qualify, you can book a Ring & Ride accessible minibus to take you, and an accompanying adult, door to door for journeys of up to 6 miles in Greater Manchester.
There are some exceptions where registered users may travel more than 6 miles from their home address as long as the destination is within Greater Manchester. Trips which may be considered include:
- Travel to the nearest local hospital
- Travel to the nearest town centre or accessible transport facility
Ring & Ride minibuses are suitable for taking wheelchairs, and all drivers have had special accessibility and disability-awareness training.
For more information about availability, you can call the Customer Contact Centre on 0161 200 6011 or email email@example.com
Transport for sick children
The charity has a body of volunteer drivers who use their own cars to take sick children from low-income families to hospital and health appointments and has been operating for over 40 years. They group has worked extensively with Stockport families. Find out more about what they do via the public leaflet here. Visit their website.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.