Travel and shopping - Birmingham
We have a dedicated team providing practical support and advice to blind and partially sighted people wishing to travel and shop locally in Birmingham and help with the weekly shop or plan a one-off trip to buy a birthday present or get a haircut.
This one year pilot scheme, starting in Spring 2011, will enable participants to feel more confident when travelling further afield for work and leisure activities.
A travel and shopping buddy service on journeys around the city. We can accompany clients on regular trips or one-off visits.
We can offer advice about the best ways to use public transport, how to apply for financial assistance around travel or shopping and information about any other additional help.
Working with transport providers
Local people with a sight loss tell us that staff on buses, trains and in shops who have received training on how to assist people who are visually impaired, provide some of the best help that is available to them. We are working with local transport providers to ensure that staff are aware of the needs of visually impaired people.
Would you like to volunteer?
If you are able to give a few hours of your time each month to be a Travel and Shopping Buddy, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact us at:
Telephone: 0845 603 05 75
For further information about the Travel and Shopping Buddy Service in Birmingham please contact:
Action for Blind People
58-72 John Bright Street
Telephone:0121 665 4200
If you would like to speak to someone from our Shopping and Travel service, please contact the Action team in Birmingham.
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