Accessibility Statement
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Help with local transport and travel costs


Ring & Ride

An accessible, low cost minibus service for children and adults who have difficulty using public transport


Miles of Smiles is a community transport scheme operating for use by residents of Tameside where volunteer drivers use their own cars and the Miles of Smiles wheelchair accessible vehicle to take people to and from medical appointments including hospital, doctor, optician, dentist, clinics, physiotherapy and chiropodist. In most cases, we ask that Miles of Smiles volunteer drivers wait with the passenger while they attend their appointment, and take them home when they are ready to leave, unless they are being admitted or the appointment will take several hours.appointments.

Established in 2006, Miles of Smiles aims to reduce the number of missed appointments by meeting the gap in services for patients that are ineligible for the ambulance service, and have difficulty in using public transport. Miles of Smiles offers a flexible and supportive solution through the use of volunteer drivers.

The scheme is unique in Tameside as it provides a door to door service ensuring that passengers arrive on time with minimum stress and anxiety. 

Who can use the scheme?

Anyone who, due to illness, age or disability, is unable to use public transport such as buses or trains to get about and do not have their own transport.                 


Hospital Travel Costs Scheme You may get financial help from the Hospital Travel Costs Scheme if you're on a low income   


Travel vouchers are for people who are not able to use ordinary buses, trains or metrolink and who have serious walking difficulties or are registered blind. They can be used to pay for taxis and for travel on accessible bus services such as Ring and Ride and community transport.