Community Transport Research
Community Wheels is a service of Community Action Dacorum who are a registered charity based in Hemel Hempstead. Community Wheels operates a fleet of ten minibuses which are hired out to community groups based in or serving the Borough of Dacorum. Alongside this service Community Cars is a social car scheme with volunteers using their own cars to help individuals to access a range of locations, such as Hospital, GPs, shops and friends.
We are in the process of undertaking a comprehensive listening exercise to understand the community level needs in relation to public/community transport. Community transport is a wide range of flexible and responsive transport solutions developed to support local residents unmet local transport needs. It can provide the connectivity needed to get to a range of destinations for isolated or excluded groups of people, helping to develop sustainable communities and contributing to social inclusion.
The research will focus on the market towns and rural areas of Dacorum. Therefore, we would like to speak to the residents and community groups in Chipperfield to understand what transport services are being used, the support available within the community to assist someone isolated due to not having their own transport and what the community transport needs are.
As a Council for Voluntary Service, Community Action Dacorum believes in bringing people together to achieve more in their communities and improve quality of life. We understand that public transport cannot be easily accessed by everyone and there is a role community transport can provide to ensure people do not become isolated.
Users of community transport include people of all ages; disabled people, unemployed people, people in communities that do not have access to public transport, children and young people as well as older people.
If you belong to a community group such as a Residents Association, Day Centre, Club for Older People, Scouts, Sports Clubs, or are generally concerned with transport and the needs of your community, we want to hear from you. You can either complete a survey questionnaire online via www.communityactiondacorum.org.uk or contact Deborah Fogden, Community Transport Researcher on 01442 253935 or Deborah@communityactiondacorum.org.uk to arrange a meeting or chat.
We look forward to hearing your views.