Daventry Area Community Transport

Daventry Area Community Transport

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) and Mobility Equipment services provide community minibuses, car schemes and driver training across Daventry in Northamptonshire. In the area, 80% of residents are categorised as living in a rural area, and public transport is very limited. A grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund has enabled DACT to purchase a bespoke minibus with wheelchair access. This new fully accessible bus has really helped with volunteer driver recruitment, because it can be driven on a ‘B’ category licence it has opened up a wider pool of potential drivers. They had hoped to train six people to drive the bus in the first year, but they managed to train 26.

Phil Houston, assistant Manager at DACT, explains some of the issues facing people in rural communities: “a cut in services means many people can’t get around. This has a huge impact on health and wellbeing, particularly isolation and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. We provide a door to door pick up service and regular minibuses with disabled access for all members of society. Sadly users, particularly the elderly, frequently say the driver will be the first person they’ve spoken to since their last trip. Even giving this person the opportunity to chat to someone makes a huge difference.” 

Phil explains that the grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund has allowed DACT to “look and plan for the future, which is hugely encouraging”.

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