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Travel Buddies

The pandemic caused many people to become newly isolated or made their existing isolation more extreme. Through partner organisations and conversations between our drivers and passengers, it became clear some sections of the community needed more support than just getting from A to B so we developed our new Travel Buddies service which piloted in Crawley in 2022 to huge interest and support then launched in Horsham and Mid Sussex, We are excited to be taking the project to Chichester and have plans to work across the whole county.

The service matches an isolated or vulnerable person with a Travel Buddy Volunteer using their similar interests. The aim is to reduce isolation, promote participation, and improve the health and wellbeing of local people within the community.

Our Travel Buddy Service Users will have company and support to use private and/or public transport, enabling them to access shopping, wellbeing, healthcare, or other community activities to become more independent, rebuild their confidence, and experience what their local community has to offer.

The Travel Buddy Scheme will support its service users for as long as they need, in addition, they will be able to access all our services and what their community has to offer.

If you would like more information about how to access or to volunteer for the Travel Buddy service, contact us by telephone by emailing the Travel Buddy team.

Full training as well as support provided, and reasonable travel expenses covered. You will make friends and boost your social life!

Unfortunately, we have had to put a hold on new referrals as we have reached capacity.
This applies to all areas.
We hope to resume this once more capacity becomes available.

CTS Travel Buddy Service Explained

Award-winning Hollywood actor Jason Flemyng has lent his support to Community Transport Sussex’s ‘Travel Buddy’ service that is proving such a huge hit in West Sussex.

This is reflected in the animation where we meet several different characters in need of the service or wanting to volunteer hosted by a talking rucksack called Wilkins!

Special thanks to Silvertip Films for creating this animation for us.

Travel Buddies Gallery

Quotes from our supporters

Case Study

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