September 8, 2014 11.06 am This story is over 87 months old

Volunteering charity needs more Lincoln drivers

Getting around: A local charity needs more drivers to help transport elderly residents around the county.

A volunteering charity in Lincoln is looking for more drivers to help elderly residents travel around the county.

Due to the popularity of the Lincolnshire Royal Voluntary Service’s transport scheme, more drivers are needed to help older residents get to the shops, events, appointments and more.

The charity is looking for people with a full UK driving license and access to a car to join their scheme as a Volunteer Driver.

All Volunteer Drivers complete a DBS check then receive full training and an induction before being matched with clients, and they are supported throughout the role.

Peter, a current Volunteer Driver, said: “I was looking for a volunteer driving role when I moved here from Wales. I have tried various schemes in the county, but this one suited me the most.

“I find the clients to be wonderful and enjoy the conversation as I drive them around.”

Jim Blythe, a driver based in Cherry Willingham, added: “We don’t just take clients to medical appointments we help with the social aspect of journeys, for instance trips to the hairdresser, to the café or to the shops.”

Janet Cliff, who has used the service for over a year, explains how it has helped her:

“The nearest bus stop is over a mile away and I just can’t get there. I use it once a week to visit my husband who is at a Care Home in Gainsborough.

“It has made a real difference to me and I know exactly when I can do these journeys.”

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver, contact RVS’ Lincoln area office on 01522 300506 or email [email protected]

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