County Roscommon Disability Support Group operates an accessible bus service in conjunction with the MS Society Roscommon. The service was set up in 2006 with the assistance of 50% Grant from the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform. This service is available to the organisation’s service users and people with disabilities and older people with mobility impairments that would be unable to access public transport.
The service enables the user to get to hospital and doctor appointments, shopping, training, educational, sporting, training, recreational, leisure activities and social outings. It is operated by 2 drivers who are funded by DSP and rotate their working schedule Monday to Friday. Volunteer bus drivers operate the service on weekends and out of hours. All operators are fully trained.
The service mainly covers Co. Roscommon but will go elsewhere in Ireland if available.
The service is dependent on fundraising and donations to cover its overheads. There is a big demand for this accessible service and it is not always possible to accede to every request. It is hoped that additional transport can be purchased in the near future if suitable funding becomes available.