Community transport and Shopmobility

Some areas have community transport services for people who have difficulty using public transport. Shopmobility schemes operate across Northern Ireland.

How Community Transport works

Every community transport organisation operates on a not-for-profit basis, is a registered charity and is managed by a board of local volunteer trustees. The majority of drivers are volunteers. Many groups receive grant funding or raise money to cover the cost of delivering the service.

Community Transport is provided by: church groups, youth organisations, charities and community associations in minibuses or volunteers' cars.

There are community transport operators in all parts of Northern Ireland.

Transport programme

You can get general information about the Department for Infrastructure's   Transport Programme for people with disabilities on the DfI website.


Shopmobility schemes hire out or lend manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to anyone who needs help with mobility to get around. You do not need to be registered disabled or have a blue badge to use the equipment.

Shopmobility centres are usually located in a town centre or shopping centre, enabling people to go shopping and to visit leisure and commercial facilities.

To see where Shopmobility operates in Northern Ireland you can contact Shopmobility Northern Ireland or visit its website:

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