Transport, Heating Support and Home Safety

Transport
British Red Cross Home and Well Scheme
Provider: British Red Cross
Components vary but includes: supported hospital discharge transport, befriending, access to wheelchairs, Hand Arm & Shoulder Massage, signposting to other local/specialist services. Aims to be a person-centred service, help people withstand and recover from a Health Social & Care crisis and reaching out to Older people/ Vulnerable. The service aims to support people to experience - Reduced anxiety, Enhanced well-being, Improved confidence, Reduced Isolation, Improved Nutrition, Increased Resilience. Referrals will be taken for individuals; Living distant to families and friends, Being anxious about leaving hospital / recently leaving hospital, At risk of admission to hospital or respite care if practical support is not provided, During / following period of ill health in individuals own home, For a carer with an increased risk of social isolation – in need of emotional or practical support, Support after a recent bereavement, Resident within Northern H&SCT.
Contact Tel: 028 7034 2569 / 078 6071 5718
Email: cithni@redcross.org.uk

CDM Community Transport Cookstown
Provider: CDM Community Transport
Dial a Lift – for registered members. Door to Door Transport is available to registered rural dwellers who are unable or find it difficult to use public transport to local services such as: shopping, clinics, post office, chemist and access to training. Dial a lift CANNOT be used for hospital appointments, Health Trust led Day Centres or school to home transport. Bookings Must be made no later than 4 o’clock on the previous day.
Available – Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
SIF – Funding from Social Investment Fund offers an extension to our operational hours for Dial a Lift and can now provide new and current members with transport to: Shopping Trips, Church / Chapel Services, Further / Higher Education, Training & Employment, Recreation, Hospital appointments – outside operational areas
Extended Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Feeder Service – Your local rural transport partnership can provide transport from your door to the bus stop to members who can travel on public transport and want to go outside their operational area.
Group Hire is available to registered ‘Not for Profit’ groups within your Council area. Groups have a choice of having their own driver trained in-house to MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) standard or they can book a paid driver. Groups include: Church, Youth, Sport, Community.
Contact Tel: 028 867 67766

Community Transport

CDM is a charitable organisation specialising in flexible, affordable community transport. Primarily funded by the Department for Regional Development, they provide transport services for individuals and community groups. 

CDM offers access to vital local services – post offices, shops, doctors, local health services – as well as social outings and community group trips.

 Services

Cookstown (CDM)

Dungannon (CDM)

Magherafelt (Out & About)

Funded by:

DAL

Dial a Lift

ARTS

Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm 

Fares based on distance travelled

Can use bus pass.

Monday to Friday
8am – 6pm

Fares based on distance travelled

Can use bus pass.

Monday to Friday
8am – 6pm 

Fares based on distance travelled

Can use bus pass

DfI - Department for Infrastructure

DAERA/DfI

ARTS

Assisted Rural Transport

Members can use their Bus Pass to avail of Free or Half Fare travel on Dial-a-Lift services. Initially funded by DAERA however as a result of reduced  budgets, DfI have made up the shortfall

Members can use their Bus Pass to avail of Free or Half Fare travel on Dial-a-Lift services. Initially funded by DAERA however as a result of reduced  budgets, DfI have made up the shortfall

Members can use their Bus Pass to avail of Free or Half Fare travel on Dial-a-Lift services. Initially funded by DAERA however as a result of reduced  budgets, DfI have made up the shortfall

DAERA – Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs 

SIF

Social Investment Fund

Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

No bus pass valid on this service

N/A

Monday to Friday
8am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5 p.m.

No bus pass valid on this service

OFMDFM

DATS

Disability Action Transport Service

Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

No bus pass valid on this service

Single Fare £2.30

Monday to Friday
8am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

No bus pass valid on this service

Single Fare £2.30

N/A

DfI - Department for Infrastructure to

Disability Action, Belfast, CDM delivers the service 

Integrated Transport in Southern Trust area 

N/A

Improve transport options using a joined up approach stakeholders include DfI, CT, Health & Education 

N/A

DfI - Department for Infrastructure

Group Hire

Available with or without driver to registered groups

Available with or without driver to registered groups

Available with or without driver to registered groups

 

 Training

MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme)

MiDAS Car & MPV

Passenger Assistant Training

5 Steps to Safety       

MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme)

MiDAS Car & MPV

Passenger Assistant Training

5 Steps to Safety

MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme)

MiDAS Car & MPV

Passenger Assistant Training

5 Steps to Safety

 

 

Disability Action Transport
Provider: Disability Action
DATS is a local urban transport service for people with disabilities or for those who find it difficult using mainstream public transport. Membership is free but a fare is charged for each trip taken. You will need to complete a membership application form and meet the criteria for membership. The service is available from 8.00am until 8.00pm daily Monday to Friday and from 9.00am until 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Bank Holidays there is no service. The booking office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm (excluding Public Holidays). As a new member of the Transport service, you can book your first single or return trip within your operational area for free. After that, all single trips within your operational area are charged at £2.30 per trip.
Contact Tel: 0845 608 5555
Email: transport@disabilityaction.org
For more information see: www.disabilityaction.org/transport

Heating Support
Heating Your Home

Cold Weather Payment
Provider: NI Direct Government Services
Description: If you’re receiving certain benefits, you could qualify for extra money for each week that there is very cold weather in your area. This is known as a Cold Weather Payment.
Contact Tel: 0800 022 4250
Please see: www.nidirect.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

Energy Efficiency Grant Schemes
Provider: Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme
Description: If you own or privately rent a property, there are a number of grant schemes available that provide assistance and support with improving the energy efficiency of your property. The Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (April 2015 to March 2016), have grant schemes which provide varied levels of support. The insulation measures provided can include loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and hot water tank jackets. Also a grant towards installing a new gas or heating system may be available if the property has Economy 7, solid fuel or NO central heating. For further information and to find out if you are eligible to avail of these grants please contact your local council and ask to speak to your Energy Efficiency Advisor.
Tel. 0300 0132 132
Email: info@midulstercouncil.org

Winter Fuel Payment
Provider: NI Direct Government Services
Description: Winter Fuel Payments are different from Cold Weather Payments. Winter Fuel Payments are yearly one-off payments to help eligible people pay for their heating in the winter. Winter Fuel Payments are paid to men and women who have reached the minimum age at which a woman can receive a state pension. They are not linked to temperature. This is different to Cold Weather Payments which eligible people may get for each period of very cold weather in their postcode area.
Contact Tel: 084 5915 1515
Please see: www.nidirect.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

 

Home Safety

Age NI Personal Alarms
Provider: Age NI
Description: The Age NI Personal Alarm Service gives users the freedom to live independently in their own home, safe in the knowledge that if there is an accident or they have a fall, they can get help quickly. Personal alarms offer peace of mind to friends and family, knowing that if there is an emergency or if assistance is needed, they will be contacted quickly by our emergency response centre.
Location: AgeNI enterprises Ltd, 10 College Street Belfast BT1 6BT
Contact Tel: 0808 100 4545 or 028 9023 3341

Disability Living Foundation
Provider: Disability Living Foundation
Description: Disability Living Foundation (UK) provides free, impartial advice about all types of disability equipment and mobility products for older and disabled people.
Contact Tel: 0300 999 0004
For more information see: www.dlforg.uk/

Home Fire Safety Check
Provider: Fire Service Northern Ireland
Description: The Fire Service of NI helps support older people to live safely and independently in their own home through a free home fire safety check provided by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. The home fire safety checks are carried out by operational fire crews from their local station.
Contact Tel: 028 9260 0477
For more information see: www.nifrs.org/

Good Morning Mid Ulster
Provider: Good Morning Northern Ireland
Description: The Good morning call service seeks to establish, deliver and provide support and information to older or vulnerable people via telephone support through the following: Providing a befriending service through regular telephone contact, Assisting in maintaining the service user's independence, Providing social interaction and reduced social isolation, Encouraging and developing social supports in order to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Contact Tel: 028 7963 2170
For more information see: www.goodmorningni.org/

Mid Ulster Agewell Partnership
Provider: Mid Ulster Agewell Partnership
Description: Agewell seeks improve services for older people in the community. This includes reducing isolation, promoting positive health and well-being and improving home safety through a number of ways. For example, there are home maintenance services, links to reablement and information and advice services.
Contact Tel: 028 7963 2170
For more information see: www.agewellpartnership.org/

Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership
Provider: Police Service Northern Ireland
Description: The Policing and Community Safety Partnership promotes community safety actions and links to policing.
Contact Tel: 0300 013 2132

Telecare
Provider: Fold Telecare and the Northern Trust
Description: Fold Telecare, in partnership with the Northern Trust provide a selection of telecare sensor demonstrations to Trust staff and service users/ carers on how the sensors work and interact with each other in a home environment. Assistive technology includes bed occupancy sensors, fall detectors, property exit sensors and smoke detectors. These sensors are programmed to Fold’s 24-hour response centre and any installed sensor will trigger a call.
Contact Tel: Bronagh Mooney (Northern Trust) – 075 2589 6853 or Neil Watson (Fold Telecare) – 078 0389 7723
For more information see: www.foldgroup.co.uk

Page last updated:09 November 2018