Free taxi scheme will give get seniors out and about

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
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SENIORS who need help getting around are to benefit from a scheme which will be launched in the new year.

Havant’s Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is looking for volunteer transport co-ordinators to help run a pilot project which will provide taxis to and from the venue from January to April 2016.

With the support of the Hampshire County Council, AndiCars and Hampshire Libraries, taxis will be put on for elderly residents of Waterlooville and Hayling Island.

The Spring director Sophie Fullerlove said: ‘This scheme has been set up to support those who may not otherwise be able to attend events at The Spring.

‘I want to encourage people who might have public transport limitations, maybe don’t have a car, or are just anxious about coming on their own.

‘For many elderly people, they struggle not only to get out and about with ease but also have issues with travelling to the venue. The centre hopes the scheme will provide them with a solution.’

Ms Fullerlove said volunteers would be required to accompany the taxis from designated collection points in Hayling and Waterlooville to the venue and back.

Each volunteer will receive a free ticket to the event which they are supporting and will return with the group in the taxi.

Ms Fullerlove said another aim of the scheme was to encourage a sense of community within the volunteers and the elderly people.

The Spring is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5.30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Entry to the museum, which shows off the history of the borough and stories from people who have lived there, is free and is often opened in the evening when other events are being held at the venue.

The venue is known for staging music, theatre and film shows as well as for the visual arts gallery and museum.

If anyone is interested in helping or would like more information they can contact the Spring’s operations manager Nigel Brown on (023) 9224 9066 or at nigelb@thespring.co.uk.