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You are here:home > Living > Adult social care > Help and Support for Independent Living > Getting out and about

Getting out and about

There are a number of services to help you get out and about around the city. These include the Disabled persons parking badge (Blue Badge) scheme, and other benefits and discounts. For more information on any of these services please contact us.

SCA Transport Dial A Ride

Southampton Dial A Ride takes its members from door to door. It’s easy to join your local scheme. You can join if you have a medical condition that makes using public transport hard. They can carry people who use wheelchairs.

You pay a fare every time you travel. You need to book your journey by phone at least a day before you want to travel and your carer, if you have one, can travel with you. They do not have to be a member but they do have to pay a fare.

For more information and an application form telephone 023 8022 2289 or e-mail

The office is open from 09:00 to 13:30 Monday to Friday and bookings can be taken between 09:00 and 12:00. Vehicle operating times are between 09:00 to 17:00 Mondays to Saturdays.

Southampton City Shopmobility

Southampton City Shopmobility provides electric and manual wheelchairs and scooters to people with limited mobility enabling them to access the city centre and shops independently. It is run by Southampton Voluntary Services and funded by Southampton City Council. They also provide extended hire opportunities for manual wheelchairs and portable scooters enabling greater flexibility for the less mobile whilst away from the city. For more information please visit the SVS website using the link in the box below.

Hospital transport

If you have difficulty getting to hospital you may be able to use the Patient Transport Service to help you get to your appointments. If you are unable to use this service, and you are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to claim back the cost of getting to hospital through the Hospital Travel Costs scheme.

Speak to your GP, Care Manager or whoever is arranging your hospital visits to find out whether you are eligible for either of these services.

Benefits and discounts

If you have a disability which makes getting about difficult you may be eligible for benefits and discounts. These include Central Government benefits such as vehicle tax exemption and local benefits such as the Disabled Person's Concession for the Itchen Toll Bridge.

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