MOBILITY

Charity seeks help of NE London elderly and disabled to improve accessible transport services

Speak up and help influence the shape of mobility in your area

Driving Mobility, the nationwide charity which accredits driving assessment centres across the UK and is supported by the Department for Transport, is seeking feedback from north-east London residents so accessible travel can be enhanced.

Entitled the ‘London Project’ this research is being led by occupational therapist Christine Parr on behalf of Driving Mobility.

She is based at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, and is actively engaged with the local community to understand more fully the needs of elderly and disabled people in terms of private car, taxi, bus, train and tube accessibility. Her main role is to compile comments via a quick and simple questionnaire which is hosted at: 

Christine says: “Our London Project offers a really important opportunity for elderly and disabled locals living in north-east London to make a difference to transport services. We have already gathered vital feedback from locals. However, we need more.

“We are looking at a range of factors within our survey which cover existing Blue Badge provision, challenges with certain disabilities through to ideas for new services. Our simple survey is easy to understand and quick to complete.

“I would encourage all people with an interest in enhancing accessibility in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney to get involved now. This opportunity to have a voice in terms of improving community access will close very soon. The team and I are fully committed to driving change so that independent mobility is possible for all.”

The survey questions what services are currently available and those that are missing in the area.

With this information Christine and the team at Driving Mobility can more effectively put forward proposals to strengthen accessible transport provision and reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness in the area. With an ageing population, social exclusion due to restricted mobility or disability is a growing issue with approximately 1.9 million* lonely people across the UK.

It is the aim of Driving Mobility to use this data to help gain funding for individuals with physical and mental challenges and those who use a wheelchair or mobility scooter. This potential investment will ensure local residents and transient passengers have greater choice in terms of personal mobility in the future. 

* According to Age UK.

Main picture: Helen Dolphin MBE, chair of a regional Driving Mobility centre and leading accessible travel expert, is a strong advocate of the London Project. 

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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