Community Transport Provider CT Sussex has recently launched a new scheme to establish a network of Crawley Travel Buddies. The scheme involves matching volunteers with Crawley residents who are living with mild to moderate dementia, and need help getting out and about. This will help local residents to maintain a level of independence and provide respite for loved ones/carers. Volunteers can accompany the client on a bus or train to visit friends and family, go on a shopping trip or to medical appointments which would normally require a designated carer. Volunteers can devote as much time to being a ‘Buddy’ as they wish. The scheme will be co-ordinated by Community Transport Sussex, who will provide training and safeguarding for volunteers.
Travel Buddy Co-ordinator Sam Swanson said: “We are working with local healthcare providers, community groups and Crawley Borough Council to establish where the greatest need is for this exciting new scheme.”
Community Transport Sussex is the largest and one of the longest established Community Transport provider in West Sussex. The charity has 6 accessible mini-buses in Crawley based at the Charis Centre. With over 2500 members across the county, we provide accessible transport for anyone who needs it. If you would like more information about the services we provide contact :-
To find out more about volunteering, or the new Travel Buddy scheme – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01293 523764. Travel Buddy Co-ordinator Sam Swanson will be happy to provide you with more details.