Access for everyone
Ever found yourself lost in an unfamiliar area, not knowing which way to turn? That feeling of being vulnerable is familiar to people suddenly affected by disability either personally or through friends and family. It's not always easy to find advice and information and many people are often left feeling alone and isolated.
On this page, you will find some useful information and services available in Basingstoke and Deane.
On this page
Disability signpost service
The Disability Signpost Service helps guide disabled people, their carers, friends and family to appropriate information and advice. Information on a wide range of topics related to disability including transport, benefits, sports, housing, carers and volunteering is available.
The service is provided by Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF) and is available at different venues, please follow us on Facebook @bddforum for dates and locations.
To receive a monthly newsletter or for further information, visit The Disability Forum website; email them at firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone 01256 423869.
Dial-a-Ride is a door to door transport service for anyone who finds it difficult to use ordinary buses. The minibuses are specially adapted with handrails, low steps and ramps for people using walking frames or wheelchairs. You can use the service if you have a mobility or sensory impairment. You don't have to be a wheelchair user. The cost of the service is based on a system similar to bus fares. Please note that Dial-a-Ride services cannot be used for hospital appointments.
To register and make bookings call 01256 462101.
We have partnered with AccessAble which provides access information for over 500 venues in the area through funding from the council.
This is a free service and no registration is required. If you see the AccessAble logo on any of our webpages, click on it to find up to date access information about that service or venue.
Shopmobility Basingstoke provides facilities for those with mobility issues. It has a wide range of scooters and wheelchairs available for all abilities.
Their friendly staff and volunteers will help you choose the right equipment and explain how to use it. Registration is quick and easy. Equipment can be hired for a small fee, either for the day or for holidays or weekends away.
You can find Shopmobility in Lower Church Street near the centre of Basingstoke. Follow the signs by road or call them on 01256 476066. If you are using public transport, they may be able to meet you with a scooter or wheelchair.
Further advice and support
- Registering as disabled
Disability Registration cards are free and are valid for life. They are an easy way of proving you have a disability and need to use facilities provided for disabled people.
- Enham Trust
From housing and employment to personal development and care, Enham delivers a wide range of essential services. They provide choice and empower people to make decisions about their own lives.
Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
- home and housing options
- education and training
- rights and obligations
- motoring and transport.
- Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
Information can be obtained on:
- air travel
- door to door and personal mobility.
- Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA)
BVA is the professional help and advice centre for voluntary organisations in Basingstoke and Deane. Their ‘Merlin’ directory shows what help is available from the voluntary and community sector in the borough.
- Down's Heart Group
A charity offering support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down's Syndrome.
- Sensory loss
- Learning disabilities
Hampshire County Council's Adult Services offers a number of services to help people with learning disabilities and their carers.
- Shaw Trust
Shaw Trust provides training and work opportunities for people disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances. They are the largest UK provider of employment services for disabled people. Visit the Shaw Trust website to find out what they can offer you.
- Children with special needs/autism/sensory issues