Community transport scheme needs help

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A VITAL community transport scheme in Emsworth is fighting for more recognition to ensure its survival.

Ems Valley Community Transport provides low-cost transport for its members for hospital visits and doctors’ appointments.

But it has suffered funding cuts and needs more drivers to help it keep going.

The organisation, which has been going 15 years, is run by volunteers for people who are unable to use public transport because of a disability.

Chairman Heather Evans said it was also in need of younger volunteers and someone who could help computerise its paper records as it has been given a grant for computer equipment.

The group has in recent years had to pay for CRB checks on its drivers and deal with rises in petrol prices.

The organisation covers the areas of Chidham, Emsworth, Forestside, Hambrook, Nutbourne, Southbourne, and Westbourne.

Before anyone can book a trip they pay a one-off £10 joining fee. To arrange a home visit call (01243) 375412.