Age-Friendly Communities are part of an international initiative by the World Health Organisation to improve the way our towns and villages support older people. Age UK Barnsley alongside Barnsley Council is working with older people and organisations to identify how we can create an Age-Friendly Barnsley. In Penistone, we are making great strides towards this aim, focussing on what is important for older people in our area such as staying well and keeping connected.
One of the major issues that affect older people is that more and more information is online so it can be challenging to find out what is happening. This is particularly true of public transport now there are fewer paper timetables available. However, there is a solution. Traveline is South Yorkshire’s transport helpline, and it can be contacted on 01709 51 51 51. This number is on the back of the Senior Passes, so you have it on hand, if needed.
Another useful scheme is Journey Assistance Cards which can be used to help let the driver know if you need any support with things like hearing problems or that you need time to sit down before the bus sets off. You can get access to these cards via the Information kiosk in Barnsley Interchange, Age UK Barnsley shop on Eldon Street or phone Age UK Barnsley on 01226 776820 they can be sent out to you. You can also find them online as printable cards at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
The Penistone Area Council also funds South Pennine Community Transport to deliver the 25-Local Link Service in Penistone.
The 25 loops around Penistone, Thurlstone, Millhouse Green, Springvale, Oxspring and Cubley between Monday and Friday. Friendly drivers and volunteers are always on hand to provide any extra help passengers may need. You can find out more about the service by calling 07593 852259.
Community Car Scheme
The aim of the car scheme is very simple. In Penistone and the surrounding areas, many older people find it difficult or impossible to use public transport and therefore, may be at risk of becoming isolated in their homes. Car scheme drivers are all volunteers who take passengers in their cars on pre-booked local journeys to medical appointments, shops, visiting friends or anywhere they want to go. The service is a partnership between the Penistone Area Council, Age UK Barnsley and Barnsley Dial-a-Ride. For more information on how to use the scheme or how to become a volunteer driver, please contact Age UK Barnsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01226 776820.