Developing a Social/Community Transport infrastructure for Change Funded projects and associated activity around Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP).

“Transport services for health and social care are fragmented and there is a lack of leadership, ownership and monitoring of the services provided. The Scottish Government, Regional Transport Partnerships, councils, NHS boards and the ambulance service are not working together effectively to deliver transport for health and social care or making best use of available resources.” (Audit Scotland 2011)

With an aging population, transport for vulnerable groups is a major concern for the Scottish Government, and it continues to be examined at the highest levels in Scotland. Of particular focus is the need to better co-ordinate and optimise the wide range of transport services provided by public, private and third sector organisations. This is reflected in The Scottish Parliament Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s report on Community Transport, and its recommendations to the Scottish Government, were the subject of a debate in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 30th October 2013.

Against this background, the current project is investigating how to improve social transport for older people in Aberdeen. The availability of transport services, and whether older people are eligible to use them has been identified as a key issue by voluntary and community organisations and the project provides a great opportunity to address this challenge. The project is funded by the Change Fund and overseen by the Aberdeen Social/Community Transport Group, comprising ACVO TSI (Aberdeen's Third Sector Interface), Robert Gordon University (RGU), Nestrans, Scottish Care, Aberdeen City Council, Dial a Community Bus, British Red Cross, Royal Voluntary Service and Co-Wheels.

As part of the project a team at Robert Gordon University is conducting research to provide the evidence on which improvement activities will be based. David Gray is Professor of Transport Policy at the university and Principle Investigator of the team. The team also includes Research Assistants Katie Cooper and Andy Grinnall.

John Aggasild has been appointed as Social Transport Development Officer for the project. As Development Officer, John will establish a new co-production partnership model for funding health and social care transport.

View the presentation on Social Transport research - delivered by Andy Grinall.

Recent press releases - Going Places

Project Report

The project report is now available on the ACVO TSI website

Project leads

Jane Russell, ACVO TSI

Professor David Gray, Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS) at RGU

Rab Dickson, Nestrans

Sandra Ferguson, Scottish Care

Social Transport Development Officer

John Aggasild

Aberdeen Social Transport Group

Chris Cormack, Public Transport Unit Lead, Aberdeen City Council

Rachel Milne, Dial a Community bus

John Cowie, British Red Cross

Josephine Mill, Royal Voluntary Service

Tony Archer, Co-Wheels

For further details about the project, please contact either of the project Research Assistants, Katie Cooper ( or Andy Grinnall (

          Aberdeen Social Transport Group