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Getting out and about (Local Offer)

Getting out and about

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends or go out for a day trip with our family.

On these pages you will find useful information about travelling safely, disability related discounts and things to do locally and nationally.

There are a range of activities already listed on our database.  Let us know if there is something else you would like to see on here.

You can see all events listed on the 'What's On' option by looking at the 'view all results in this category' list on the left of the page.

City College Peterborough's Access Champions are climbing Mount Snowdon in May 2019 and they need your support!

Youth access champions

City College Peterborough's Access Champions are climbing Mount Snowdon in May 2019 and they need your support!

You may know us already from Peterborough’s Big Youth Shout Out Project; a co-production film looking at the hopes, dreams and aspirations of young disabled people within Peterborough, and following on from this, we have decided to deliver what the people want!

In May of this year, we are climbing Mount Snowdon in The BIG Champion Climb to raise the funds needed to hold regular, accessible social events for Peterborough’s disabled community where individuals can make new friends, try new activities and receive support, advice and guidance. 

By doing this, we hope to include many of the services that Peterborough’s disabled community feel are currently missing.

However, we cannot do this alone… So if you would like more information or to support us, you can do so via the following links;

Just Giving:      www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thebigchampionclimb

Email:              Achampion@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk  

                         thebcc@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk  

Facebook:        www.facebook.com/AccessChampions/

                          www.facebook.com/TheBIGChampionClimb/ 

Twitter:           twitter.com/AccessChamps

 

Thank you all in advance

Disability related discounts

Did you know that as a parent or carer of a child with special educational or disabilities, you may be able to get discounted or free entry to a range of leisure options?

You may also find that you can skip lengthy queues.  Not all attractions will advertise their discounts, so don't be afraid to ask!  You will need to have with you evidence of
disability - a copy of your award letter for Disability Living Allowance for example.  

Bus information

Stagecoach bus

Stagecoach produce Journey Assistance Cards for you to use if you need a bit more help when using the bus. They make it easier for you to let their bus drivers know what extra help you need. You can use your cards any time of the day, seven days a week, on any of their bus services.

You can apply for Journey Assistance Cards if you have limited vision or hearing, difficulty in communication, special educational needs or if English is not your first language.  Or maybe you just need extra time or help to find a seat.

Types of Journey Assistance Cards

Their Journey Assistance Cards have been developed with their trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

The cards available are:

  • please be patient, I am deaf
  • please be patient, I am visually impaired
  • please be patient, I have difficulty speaking
  • please be patient, I am hard of hearing
  • please speak slowly and face me to help me hear better
  • please scan my pass for me
  • please count my change for me

If you live in an urban area of Peterborough you may use the Community Link bus service.

Also, you can apply for a concessionary bus pass from Travelchoice

If you live in a rural area of Peterborough you may use the Dial-A-Ride service.

Train information

Train at Peterborough station

National Rail Enquiries provide information on support that is available.

Access information for our local train companies can be found below:

Great Northern

London North Eastern Railway

Cross Country

SEN Home to School Transport

Travel assistance is not automatically given because a child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, and many children with special educational needs and disabilities travel to school without special provision.

However, some children with specific needs will require additional support, often for an agreed period of time and in such cases we will arrange transport to meet the specific needs of the students.  This might include various forms of transport including public transport, taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle and bus/coach.

See our school transport page for more information.

 

Post 16 transport

As part of a young person's transition to adulthood, it is hoped that as many young people with special educational needs and disabilities will have started to travel independently by the time they reach college age.

However, many young people will still require special provision or support for their travel as a result of their needs. In such cases we will arrange transport to meet the specific needs of the students, and this might include various forms of transport including public transport, taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle and bus/coach.

See our school transport page for more information.

 

AccessAble

AccessAble  is a website where you can find detailed access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland: shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more.

Designated Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (Taxis)

The following vehicles are approved by the council (the Licensing Authority) to be licensed as Hackney Carriage Vehicles:

  • LTI
  • TX1
  • TX2
  • TX4
  • Metro Triple T
  • Mercedes-Benz Vito
  • Peugeot E7 SE and XS short wheelbase models.

Vehicles offered for Hackney Carriage are constructed in a way as to allow the carriage of disabled persons and will accommodate as a minimum a disabled person.

Hackney Vehicles can be accessed from the taxi ranks which can be viewed on the city centre map. Private hire companies also operate non designated wheelchair accessible vehicles. 

From 6 April 2017 drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles designated by the local licensing authority as being wheelchair accessible must comply with the requirements of Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010, unless they have been issued with an exemption certificate (see below).

You can read the statutory guidance on access for wheelchair users to taxis and private hire vehicles on the government website.

If you have any questions or for more information contact customer services

Exemptions for taxi drivers

The Equality Act allows for exemptions from the duties on medical grounds or if the driver's physical condition makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for him or her to comply with these duties.

It is the responsibility of drivers who require an exemption to apply for one by contacting  for an application form to be sent to you.

When submitting your completed form, you will be required to provide evidence from your Medical Practitioner supporting your application and substantiating the medical reasons applicable to your request.

Based on the evidence provided we will determine if a you should be exempted from these duties. If approved, we will issue you with an Exemption Certificate, and an Exemption Notice to display prominently in the vehicle.

Your application will be determined by the Licensing Manager, and if successful you will be issued with the relevant Exemption Certificate and the Exemption Notice to display within the vehicle.

You can appeal to the magistrates' court within 28 days if we decide not to issue you with an Exemption Certificate.

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