Appeal for volunteer drivers in Hampshire

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VOLUNTEER drivers are being urged to come forward to help old age pensioners and other vulnerable community members get out and about.

People are needed to drive minibuses owned by not-for-profit organisations or carry passengers in their own cars for which they will receive a mileage allowance.

Transport provided by community organisations is vital for many Hampshire people who are unable to use public transport and need to access health services, go to the shops, or visit friends and relatives.

The scheme, backed by Hampshire County Council, comes after a survey of community groups which found about half did not have enough drivers for the transport schemes they currently run.

The council’s transport chief, Cllr Mel Kendal, said: ‘Community transport is often a lifeline for people to help them maintain their independence, so we are grateful to anyone who is willing to give up some of their free time to become a volunteer driver.’

Mary Mitchell, of the Good Neighbours Support Service, said: ‘It doesn’t need to be a regular commitment but helping people in your local area is reassuring for the individual concerned and satisfying for you.’

Interested people should visit hants.gov.uk/volunteerdrivers or call 0844 499 4088.