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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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A transport scheme that helps elderly and disabled people in Gedling borough get out and about is urgently appealing for new volunteer drivers. 

Gedling Voluntary Transport Scheme have said that demand is outstripping supply in Gedling as passengers are get in touch with more requests to go to the shops, doctors, dentists, social clubs, hospitals, hairdressers and to visit friends and family.

A spokesman for the service said: “Volunteer drivers need to be friendly, like meeting people, have a clean driving licence and have some spare time.

“A bit of time given freely makes the world of difference to someone who would like to get out and about, but who can’t do this easily. Volunteer drivers used their own cars for which they get a mileage fee of 45p per mile travelled.

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They added: “People who are retired, work part time or who have some spare time are ideal.  Drivers need to be used to dealing with a wide variety of people, reliable and have vital life skills that the community needs.

“Becoming a volunteer driver (from 1 day a week up to 5 days) could ease people into retirement, or give people something useful to do, while still keeping them busy and being community-minded as a volunteer. ”

Interested in finding out more? Email transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk or call us on 0115 969 9060.

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