How we meet individual and communities transport needs is the priority for a new partnership.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, the NHS, SWestrans, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway and community organisations from across the region have come together to tackle the challenges many people face accessing transport services the rest of us take for granted.

Given the dispersed nature of our population it is not surprising that access to transport at time when people need it is seen as an important issue. For those who do not drive or have access to a car (older people, those with a disability, lower income and vulnerable people and many young people) getting about when public transport is not physically accessible, convenient or affordable can be a major challenge. The evidence suggests that as a result many people become in our communities isolated and their health and wellbeing suffers.

The aim of the partnership is to develop and design transport services to maximise the benefits to the community and develop the capacity of the community transport sector.”

There are some very good examples of community based transport but its funding by public authorities lacks co-ordination. We will build on what we already have and explore new ideas. This partnership between community and public organisations is helping us achieve this.

SWestrans welcomes the initiative:

“This partnership between the public authorities and community organisations will ensure that scarce resources are spent in the best possible way and that we recognise and support communities to meet their transport needs. It will be about recognising that social transport services to the most vulnerable in our community are designed from the bottom up and not top down”. The move to form a partnership for community transport is also supported by Dumfries and Galloway Community Planning Partnership

The transport needs of Dumfries and Galloway will be addressed through partnership with the third and public sector through a Public Social Partnership or PSP, a model for local working promoted by the Scottish Government.  A PSP for community transport has been developed in Strathclyde and has proved successful.


Our PSP Partners:


The Commissioners

The Community Transport Sector

PSP Support


The partnership that has been set up is to identify, design and to trial new and innovative transport solutions for Dumfries and Galloway. The partnership evolved from the Community Transport D&G State of the Sector report 2016 which can be viewed here:

The PSP is to improve and increase transport solutions throughout Dumfries and Galloway, especially in rural areas where access to transport is more difficult.

This PSP is bringing together different professionals with knowledge in transport, health and social care and the community.

 “The aim of this Community Transport PSP is to co-design and deliver innovative, high quality public services which meet the needs of individuals and communities across Dumfries and Galloway.”

Transport Services Development

Health and Social Care Transport Hub

Capacity Growth Development

What is a PSP?

A Public Social Partnership (PSP) is a partnering arrangement which involves the Third Sector earlier and more deeply in the commissioning and design process of a range of public services.

It is based on the principle of the Third and Public Sectors working in partnership to design a new, or re-design a current service with the goal of delivering better outcomes for citizens, based on explicit feedback from those who use public services.

Services are then piloted prior to a (potential) competitive tendering process.

“A PSP is a co-planning process with the Third and Public Sectors working together to design a new or re-design a current service to deliver better outcomes for the public.”

An introduction to the PSP model:

The diagram below shows the steps within a public social partnership and a brief overview of what a PSP is: