Areas covered by the Hospital Hopper: Castle Hedingham, Sible Hedingham, Gosfield, Halstead, Greenstead Green,Earls Colne, White Colne, Colne Engaine, and Braintree.
To book a seat or to enquire about fares for non concessionary bus pass holders should telephone or email using the above contact details. As spaces on the bus will be allocated on a first come first served basis, passengers are advised to book as soon as their appointment date is known. More details at our website.
Once a seat has been booked and pick up point arranged, users simply show their bus pass on boarding. Non bus pass holders can use the service but will need to pay for the full cost of the journey. Dogs that assist disabled people are welcome and travel free. Escorts are welcome but they will need to show a valid bus pass or pay the fare.
The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Linked Employment is a service which specialises in placing adults with disabilities into jobs – matching local people to vacancies in local companies Their mission is to assist people with a disability to get a job of their choice which is paid at the going rate.
What it costs: Any voluntary group who want to hire a minibus must register with Braintree Community Transport and pay a £20 yearly registration fee. Hire cost is £1.00 per mile up to 100 miles. For journeys over 100 miles the cost is 70p per mile plus £30.00. There is a minimum charge of £20.00. These rates include the fuel costs.
Local service covering: Braintree (Essex).
Click on this link to enter the website Braintree District Voluntary Support Agency
The Gov UK website gives very comprehensive information on a number of topics and below is a list of links that you might find a helpful start point.