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Seeking New Volunteer Car Drivers for Salisbury

Community Transport South Wiltshire, the community transport group based in Salisbury that provides transport for people of limited mobility, is in urgent need of volunteer car drivers.  As the registered charity struggles to meet demand, many people are left unable to access the transport they need just to live a normal life.

Ni Coldridge, the charity’s Car Scheme Manager, explains, “We are a lifeline for hundreds of people in and around Salisbury.  With our help, people who would otherwise find it hard to get out of the house can keep active and involved.  Thanks to us they can make those important journeys, to the doctors, to go shopping or to visit friends or family.  But we are really struggling to keep up with demand, and have a growing waiting list for new members.  We desperately need some new volunteer drivers.”

Ni Coldridge adds:  “Driving for us is an easy, enjoyable and fulfilling way to make a big difference.  Our members are able to transfer in and out of a car, even those in a wheelchair, so it’s not a demanding role.  All it takes is a supporting arm and a little patience.  In return, our drivers get a great sense of satisfaction.  And we pay expenses, so no one who helps us will be out of pocket.  We’d love to hear from anyone who enjoys meeting people and who has their own car and some time to spare.”

Janet, who has been a member of the charity since its inception, says of its services, “I don’t know what I’d do without them.  The service means I can get to Shopmobility each week, and they also take me to a dance class and bowling.  If it wasn’t for them I’d just have to stay in my flat.”

Bernard has been a volunteer driver for a few years.  He says, “I’m able to help out a couple of days each week.  I go home knowing I’ve done something worthwhile, and it’s good fun too.  Everyone likes a chat.  We really get to know people.”

You can contact Community Transport South Wiltshire on 01722 410123 or salisbury-ct@btconnect.com.