Getabout Car Scheme

Getabout Northumberland

The coronavirus pandemic has meant we’ve had to make changes to the way we operate and the services we provide. We are looking at ways we might be able to safely provide transport services again in the future. We have been able to help a number of people get to urgent hospital appointments where they have been unable to access any other transport. This was done following social distancing guidelines on our vehicles. If you have issues with getting to medical appointments we might be able to help so do get in touch.

What is Getabout?

Getabout is a scheme for people who have difficulty getting around Northumberland, operated by Adapt (NE) in partnership with Northumberland County Council. The scheme is there for you if you:

  • Do not drive, either because you are too young, have never driven or are no longer able to
  • Have no access or limited access to a car as it is not affordable or not there during the day
  • Have a mobility difficulty which prevents you from using public transport

Getabout will seek to find the most appropriate way of solving your transport problems which could include connecting you to existing public or community transport services, shared affordable taxi services, local lift share and Getabout volunteer drivers.

To access a volunteer driver you will need to register for the service. There is a fee of £6 which lasts for a six month period. The cost for your journey once you have registered is 50p per mile.

Volunteer for Getabout

The voluntary car service is an important element of Getabout – we are always looking for volunteer drivers to ensure we can offer a service across Northumberland.

Getabout volunteers are paid 45p per mile for taking individuals in their car to a pre-booked destination. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver please contact us for more information.

To find out more about Getabout or discuss your needs call: 03333 441 740.

Please get in touch seven days before your journey to allow plenty of time to arrange appropriate support.