East Kent Mencap launches transport service

New transport service

East Kent Mencap’s Thanet Day Resources have launched a transport service for people with a learning disability.

The charity’s new minibus will pick people up from their home addresses throughout Thanet and take them to and from the day resource of their choice.

The scheme was launched on Monday (February 3) with eight service users currently signed up. The service promotes independence as people do not need to rely on family members dropping them off to attend day resource centres. It provides reassurance and peace of mind for family members as they know their loved one is with someone familiar who understands each individual’s needs, as the minibus is driven by a member of staff from East Kent Mencap.

The minibus is wheelchair accessible so users can attend different sessions and outings that could be challenging or expensive if they had to use private taxis.

A single journey from Margate/Westbrook to Cliftonville is £3, from Ramsgate to Cliftonville is £6, and from Broadstairs to Ramsgate is £5. Other prices are available on application. There is the option for service users to apply to Kent County Council to have these costs funded.

The service was set up by the charity after people requested assistance with transport. The East Kent Mencap team welcome ideas and suggestions about the charity’s work.

The charity hopes the service will attract new members, who otherwise do not have transport and cannot travel independently, to join the Thanet Day Resources.

There are still some spaces available on certain days.

Call East Kent Mencap on 01843 22 44 82, email [email protected] or visit www.eastkentmencap.co.uk