The card holds a brief written instruction for the driver that can be shown upon boarding the bus. The driver is made aware of the customer's needs or requirements without the customer having to verbally communicate it.
The service user led scheme is now being used off the bus as well as - in taxis, shops and leisure establishments like the cinema.
If you or someone you know would benefit from using one of these cards, the link to apply for them is below.
For example, "Please face me I lip read" can help anywhere at any time.
We provide further examples on the application form, although we will discuss with you personally your requirements, and create bespoke designs on request.
The reverse of the card can display, if required, the customer's name and emergency contact number. This is optional, but it can offer assurance and instil confidence, that if needed, someone they know can be called upon for help. This is especially relevant for customers living with epilepsy, Alzheimer's or dementia.
Applying is easy by clicking here or by ringing 01273 886200 where one of our customer service advisors will be happy to help.
Helping Hand was designed by those people who use the services provided by the charities listed below. They directly influenced the final colour, overall design and - of course - the wording on the cards. We spoke to them directly. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the following organisations - without whom the award-winning Helping Hand would not exist.
The Helping Hand scheme is a Go-Ahead Group initiative and is administered for us by the Brighton & Hove Bus Company.