Access to services and transport are two major problems facing rural communities.
ORCC’s Community Development Worker (Community Transport) helps to support and improve transport and accessibility of services by:
• Supporting communities to develop new Community Transport schemes
• Supporting Oxfordshire’s 60+ existing Community Transport schemes
• Helping communities carry out transport needs surveys
• Leading the Community Transport Advisory Group (bringing together local authorities, NHS and other interested parties to work out ways to improve transport facilities at all levels)
• Producing a quarterly Community Transport newsletters
• Holding a bi-annual Oxfordshire-wide Community Transport Seminar
The links at the side provide more information on these services.
In 2012-13, 1300+ Community Transport volunteers in 60+ local schemes made 25,000+ journeys. These volunteers, supported by ORCC, play a vital role in, for example, helping deal with cuts to rural bus routes and helping meet the specific needs of small, dispersed rural communities. These issues leave many individuals ‘high and dry’, and very vulnerable to isolation and social exclusion. In a typical year, households in settlements of fewer than 3,000 people spend twice as much on transport and travel twice as far in a car than urban households.
The usual perception is that everyone has a car nowadays, so there can’t be that much of a problem. But around 4000 households in Oxfordshire don’t have a car at all; in many more households, the ‘family’ car isn’t available during the working day. So despite the continued increase in car ownership, there is still a widespread need for public transport in rural areas. Where public transport is becoming less and less available, community transport schemes become even more important.
For further information contact Emily Lewis on 01865 883488
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