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Age UK Buzza Bus a 'life-changing' service

Scilly's dial-a-ride scheme has been described as a "life-changing" service.

Aisling Khan (Senior Manager, Services to our Community) said anecdotal evidence shows that the Age UK-commissioned Buzza Bus is a "lifeline" to people with mobility issues on the islands.

The bus, driven by Dave Maybrey, is part of the Better Care Fund's Access to Services Scheme, which also includes Concessionary Boat Fares.

Aisling said in yesterday's meeting of the Health & Wellbeing Board: "One thing we're talking to Healthwatch about is putting some questions around these commissioned services into their questionnaire in the Autumn and to find out what difference it has made to people's lives. We know anecdotally that particularly Buzza Bus is life-changing and a lifeline to people. It’s a fabulous service."

The bus made 8,910 journeys on the Isles of Scilly in the last year, carrying 244 passengers.

The vehicle operates a door-to-door dial-a-ride service on St Mary’s for residents over 60 and those with mobility issues.

Passengers from the off-islands can travel from the quay to wherever they would like to go on St Mary's.

The Boat Fares scheme had 92 registered users and saw 3,1725 single trips, with 28 health passes for appointments on St Mary’s across the year.


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