On The Right Track?

Rural Transport Campaign
Why Rural Transport?

Rural Transport in Kincardine and Mearns is a hot topic, it gets everyone talking and that’s because it impacts on everyones daily life in one way or another whether travelling within Kincardine and Mearns or travelling to and from Aberdeen itself.

Last year our volunteers researched rural transport (Round The Bend’). We captured cost and journey times from various towns in the area. We found that from Johnshaven to Stracathro Hospital is £7.80 return. That’s 10% of weekly JSA for a single person over 25 years old. The median time for those travelling to college in and around our area is 82 minutes and costs on average £6.90.

At KAMCAB, we want to offer an inclusive service that is accessible to all, in order to address this we have grown our outreach service to Portlethen, Inverbervie and Laurencekirk. We try to integrate using public transport when we attend our outreach but have found that it is not always an easy option, some of the reasons are below: 

Time – the journey time is considerably longer.

Convenience – the bus or train frequency mean that their timetable dictates our schedule for the day.

Cost – The cost of tickets adds up and we have found that the convenience of a car in terms of time and cost frequently outweighs the option of using public transport.

What this means

First hand experience using our public transport has allowed us to understand some of the barriers you could face trying to reach us and other services. However, it has also given us a bee in our bonnet! Following on from research last year ‘Round The Bend’ and with funding from Citizens Advice Scotland, we are carrying out further research into rural transport, On The Right Track?

Get Involved

We would be very grateful for feedback from you as to how and why rural transport impacts on your life, positively and negatively. We have an online survey which should take no more than 5 minutes. There are options to enter your suggestions and opinions because we believe these are important, no matter how big or small, they are all valid.

Create your own user feedback survey
We are running a number of focus groups throughout the area which will capture in more depth, peoples experiences.

Saturday 4th March, we are hosting KAMJAM at Stonehaven Townhall. 

This event is an opportunity to  Jam!  

What does Jam mean?
A Jam is an activity where people gather around a theme such as rural transport to create something new. It is a way to look at an existing service and explore solutions to make it better. It is open to everyone, all opinions are valid, and there are no right or wrong ideas. Throw your ideas out there and see what others are thinking and doing too!

Running from 10am to 3pm, you can come for the whole day or drop in for 10 minutes, it is all very relaxed. Tea and Cake will be provided… possibly some hot chocolate too! 

For more information check out Eventbrite page OR please contact us! bureau bureau@kamcab.casonline.org.uk

 

What Next?

We will write a report which will contain the results from the survey, focus groups and KAMJAM. With your help and feedback we will have a strong mix of quantitive and qualitative data along with real insights and community driven solutions. The research will feed into national and local campaigns.

 

Social Policy

Round The Bend

Earlier this year, Citizens Advice Scotland asked CAB to research local, rural transport. A number of our volunteers compiled research on various bus routes in the Kincardine and Mearns area. Have a look at the findings from us and fellow Bureaux. – Round the Bend

 

Kincardine and Mearns CAB launch New Outreach Service

Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are launching a new outreach service in Laurencekirk.

Starting from Wednesday 7th October 2015, residents of Laurencekirk and the surrounding areas will be able to make an appointment with a trained adviser who will be available every Wednesday afternoon.

The CAB service will offer free support and advice on a range of important issues, such as employment, debt, housing and consumer rights.

Dedicated appointments will also be available with the Bureau’s Benefits specialist, for those who need assistance with eligibility, changes to their entitlements or require help to complete paperwork.

Bureau manager Jane Neilson-Adams says:

“We are really pleased to bring this important outreach service to Laurencekirk.

“Residents living in the area face the same challenges as those living in the region’s towns and cities but have greater difficulties accessing advice due to the rural location.

“We hope that the service will be well used by the community and that we can be of great benefit.”

Appointments can be made by calling 01569 766578 and will be at the Mearns Academy Community Campus.