Following are some of the tips we heard during the 'Developing a Transport Plan' workshop for local client groups:
- If a new member is coming to the group, have someone meet that person at a common point eg the train station, and travel with them to the meeting. They may also wish to partner with a local Orientation and Mobility Specialist for individual support.
- Plan your meetings or activities around public transport timetables to ensure people will not have to arrive too early or arrive late.
- Group members can work together to train each other to become more independent travellers. Some groups do special Orientation and Mobility outings each year to gain greater knowledge and independence with travel and transport options.
- Having multiple options available for people to travel to outings or meetings can help, particularly if your group includes people from a large geographic area. This will mean that there is more likely to be an option available that suits individual needs.
- Look within your group for opportunities to car-pool and to your local community for drivers who can pick people up from home for a meeting and drop them off again.
- Look to your local community for support in finding buses for outings. Contact your local school, church, clubs (Lions, RSL, Rotary etc), Council, university, funeral homes, nursing homes, retirement villages, Department of Veteran Affairs or community transport provider to see whether they have a bus which can be used.
- Some buses may be sitting idle during school hours, so planning your activities around these times may assist with bus availability.
- Some local bus companies have a “school rate” – make sure to inquire about this as it may be a good saving. With other groups, you may only have to pay for petrol.
- Your group may need to supply a driver for a bus. Advertise that you are looking for volunteer bus drivers through your Coordinator of Volunteers, local Men’s Shed or clubs and through community newspapers.
- Your group may be able to get an account with a local taxi company to make paying for outings easier.
- Ensure new members are made aware of any concessions that may be available to them for public transport and taxi's.
What are your top tips?
Cass and Kirsten, Client Consultation and Engagement