The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled.
Suffolk County Council has detailed information about the Blue Badge Scheme, who is eligible to apply, and how the scheme works.
Beware copycat websites: some sites will charge you much more. Only use the official Suffolk Count Council site.
If you live outside Suffolk you should look at your own council’s website.
When you are ready to apply, you apply through the government’s website, Gov.uk
Dial-A-Ride (Connecting Communities)
Dial-A-Ride is now known as Connecting Communities.
Connecting Communities is a transport service provided by Suffolk County Council (Suffolk On Board) for people who don’t have access to a regular bus service.
The services available depend on the area you live in.
The video below made by Suffolk On Board explains the service. The video is on the Connecting Communities website and also on YouTube. There are captions on the video if you view it on YouTube.
- Connecting Communities website home page
- Connecting Communities MyArea Suffolk Coastal page
- Connecting Communities Booking Telephone number: 01728 635938
You need to book at least a week in advance, earlier if possible, especially on some routes. These services are available to anyone, not just disabled people, so, for example, routes popular with tourists may get busier during holiday times. There is a charge for using the services which you should check when you book.
Disabled Go is a good source of information about accessible transport:
You are normally expected to make your own way to hospital for non-emergency treatment but if you are on a low income you may be able to claim back any costs:
Accessible Countryside for Everyone ACE
Includes information on wheelchair walks, accessible pubs, sport, accessible tourist information, wheelchair friendly taxi operators and lots more.
Disabled Go has a comprehensive list of accessible venues. See the Suffolk County Council page on Disabled Go if you’re searching for the Suffolk area.
Suffolk Tourist Guide
Suffolk Tourist Guide includes information about accessible beaches, tourist attractions, shop mobility and much more.
Social, sport and recreation for disabled people
- East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST)
- Outsiders Club
- Unscene Suffolk theatre company for visually impaired people
- Wheel Power
See our Accessible toilets page.