Horsham Travel Buddy scheme supporting mental health
The Horsham Travel Buddy scheme supports a wide range of issues such as stroke recovery, dementia, and mental health difficulties like depression, anxiety, or even loneliness. The aim is to launch this service across Sussex to facilitate new friendships and improve well-being for as many people as possible.
The programme matches volunteers who have similar interests, with those who may face barriers when accessing public transport or need support to get out and about. It will allow more people to enjoy community activities, access local services, attend appointments, go shopping or have a cup of tea at a local café.
“A Magical Mystery Tour which starts on your doorstep”
Actor, Miriam Margolyes said: “So much about life right now is just wrong. You can make a difference by signing up to be a Travel Buddy and help someone get out and enjoy life. Look at this as a Magical Mystery Tour which starts on your doorstep and where the possibilities are endless because human connection is everything.
“Take the first step by extending the hand of friendship to someone who needs it. It’s time to breathe and get out and about and have fun. Please do support the Travel Buddy Scheme managed by Community Transport Sussex – it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Marie Claire Macintosh of CT Sussex said: “We applaud Miriam for her wonderful support. Reducing social isolation and loneliness is at the heart of our Travel Buddy scheme as is for all our community transport work. Transport can be a huge barrier for some people in not engaging in everyday activities.
“Not only does this service give the opportunity for more people to maintain a level of independence but also gives loved ones and carers that chance for some much-needed respite.”
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