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Voluntary Car Scheme

 Voluntary Social Car Scheme

The Voluntary Car Scheme is intended for those people who have no other means of transport.  Volunteers are available to collect you from your home and take you to your chosen destination for a reasonable cost. 

The service can be used for a variety of purposes including: 

  • Making connections with buses or trains
  • Doctor, Dentist or Optician appointments
  • Visiting friends or family in hospital
  • Shopping
  • Visiting friends

It does not duplicate other County Council transport provision and therefore cannot be used for transport to day care, school, nursery or college and cannot be used for hospital appointments/treatment if Patient Transport is available. If you need transport to get you to your hospital appointment please check your eligibility for Patient Transport by contacting the Patient Transport Service run by North West Ambulance on 0800 032 3240. 

To book transport, please call your local Co-ordinator’s Mr & Mrs Davidson on 01768 891878.

Volunteering Opportunities
Drivers provide transport in their own cars to members of the community in their free time.  Drivers are currently refunded for fuel expenses at 45p per mile. 

If you have some spare time and would like to help driving in Tirril / Sockbridge, and would like some more information, please contact your local Co-ordinator’s Mr & Mrs Davidson on 01768 891878 or the Voluntary Transport Officer on 01228 226721.

Rural Wheels
Rural Wheels provides door-to-door transport for people if the Voluntary Social Car Scheme is unavailable or are unable to access scheduled transport into your nearest town.

Rural Wheels uses a 'Smartcard' to pay for travel and a central booking system to plan journeys.  Passengers need to apply for the Smartcard before they are able to travel.  The value of the Smartcard can be topped up with the transport provider or alternatively at Penrith Library.  Transport requests must be booked by telephone before noon the day before travelling and passengers may be asked to be flexible about their travel time and also to share transport which will be at a reduced fare.

To apply online or download an application form please use the following link You can return your downloaded application by post or alternatively contact the Rural Wheels coordinator on 01228 226428 to apply over the telephone.

Community Minibus’
Another way public transport problems in rural areas can be overcome is through Community Minibus sharing schemes.  These schemes help groups and organisations within the community to have accessible and affordable vehicles, which can be either on a self-drive basis or with a driver supplied. 

The sharing scheme is only open to non-profit making groups or organisations and they must be involved in one or more of the following activities: 

  • Social welfare
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Recreation
  • Other activities to benefit the community               

The scheme is not open to groups or organisations of a commercial or profit-making nature, nor is it open to members of the general public acting outside of the criteria above. 

If you are part of a local community group that has a transport need, please contact Cumbria Community Transport using the details below:

Cumbria Community Transport

  • Head Office - Dave Drinkald, Transport Manager 07788396194 
  • Carlisle & Eden Office - Colin Bannister, Transport Co-ordinator