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Transport for local people

Minibuses

South Somerset

All our minibuses cover the following areas:
Yeovil, Chard Ilminster, Somerton and Langport.  

We provide a range of services for these areas.

We always try wherever possible to provide the same driver for each journey.  Our Drivers like to get know the clients so they  are able to ensure the journey is tailored to the individual needs. Whether it be checking they have their front door keys, reminding them where they are going, as well as knowing automatically who can get on the bus via the side step or that the client has mobility issues so they need to access the vehicle via the tail-lift.  All drivers have had extensive wheelchair fixing training.  We try and provide a regular familiar service helping our elderly clients with mobility issues and memory problems.

We provide many wheelchair accessible journeys to enable people to get out and about.   

Journeys include:-

  • Medical appointments
  • Day Care Centres
  • Lunch
  • Shopping 
  • Weddings 

Sadly, we have provided transport to many funerals, our drivers are very professional and go aptly dressed.

Schools
We currently run 11 school routes bringing children between the ages of 4 and 18 years, to Fiveways and Fairmead SEN Schools.  We have previously provided routes into Yeovil College, but this an on demand service and currently Somerset County Council do not have any routes available at the current time.  Children are brought in from Milborne Port, Langport, Somerton, Chard Ilminster, Yeovil and surrounding villages.  These journeys are run under contract for Somerset County Council.  The children have a range of Special Educational Needs ranging from those permanently in wheelchairs, behavioural problems and complex health issues.  All our School buses have a Driver and at least one Passenger Assistant.  

Depending on the health issues of children on the bus some routes have 2 Passenger Assistants.  All our Drivers and Passenger Assistants have had DBS Clearance and SEN Training. Passenger Assistants also under go specific training to cope with some of the health issues of the children.


Somerset County Council Social Care Contracts
We have a number of Social Care Contracts, ranging  from transporting clients to Day Care Centres and Headway Charity for Adults with Brain Injuries.  We also provide transport to respite accommodation.  We provide Passenger Assistant where required by Somerset County Council.


Day Centres
A number of our clients go to Yeovil Day Centre, to keep the cost down for the clients we run a bus into the Day Centre daily.  This is a door to door service.  Picking clients up from their home address and doing the return later in the day.  A number of Nursing Homes provide day care for people with Dementia and Social Care issues.  These journeys are undertaken using both our minibuses and our volunteer car drivers, depending on the client’s needs.


Shopping Trips
Weekly shopping trips are provided for rural areas to enable residents to come into Yeovil, Chard and Langport to do their weekly food shop as well as being able to access banks, shops and libraries.


Lunch Clubs
Many churches still run lunch clubs for the elderly living on their own.  This enables them to meet friends and make friends.  We collect clients take them for lunch or afternoon tea and provide the return journey.


Adults with Learning Difficulties
Yeovil has an adult learning centre where we drop clients on a daily basis.  Some clients go to the learning facility to benefit from the facilities they have on offer and some go as they are employed by the centre, so the journey is planned around their working hours.


Nursing and Residential Homes
We provide a variety of different journeys for local nursing and residential homes, ranging from:

  • Day Centre Care, 
  • Day Trips to the seaside, zoos, tea rooms and farm shops
  • Local beauty spots, where the residents just sit on the bus and have a picnic
  • Christmas Meals 
  • Trips to the Theatre
  • At Christmas we also do a night drive to local residential areas so that the care home residents can see the Christmas Lights that Yeovil has on display.
  • Medical Appointments

Yarlington Housing 
We work closely with Yarlington and provide them with a number of services that included co-ordinating with scheme managers, to provide shopping trips and days out for residents.  As well as co-ordinating transport for the Residents Open Days to enable residents without transport to attend their events.


Community Youth Group
We also offer the use of our minibuses to local youth community groups. As well as providing schools with transport during the school day.

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