Help is at hand for older Hackney residents who face a daunting battle to use local transport services.
It’s easy for older people to become isolated and stuck at home when it is difficult to get around. But a new Connect Hackney project, run by Hackney Community Transport (HCT) aims to help over 50s gain the confidence to travel independently and get access to the transport they need.
The project will offer help with using public transport, along with information and advice about cheap and concessionary travel, including the Freedom Pass for older residents and the Blue Badge for disabled drivers and passengers.
The idea is to raise awareness of all the options available locally, from public transport to special services like Dial-a-Ride and HCT Group’s own transport.
The project aims to ensure that older people are able to make better use of Hackney’s transport, whether that is buses and trains or taxis, car clubs, cycling or walking routes. Hackney over 50s will be able to get easy to follow information on local travel options – with details of bus and train stops and different ways to pay fares.
The project will also offer help for those who need it to complete application forms, make bookings and plan journeys. HCT’s team will be setting out their stall at Hackney’s libraries, visiting at least two libraries a week for half a day each, so you can drop in and find out more.
You can also look out for the HCT transport advice team at care homes, local estate tenants’ and residents’ associations and community centres.
For more information, phone Sabana Siddique on 020 7275 2455.
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