'Fare' deal as volunteer drivers sign up for car scheme duty
A volunteer car scheme in a Lincolnshire town has secured enough drivers for its launch.
And now the Royal Voluntary Service in Gainsborough wants local groups and individuals to encourage the elderly and vulnerable members of the West Lindsey community to use the new service.
Run by the group formerly known as the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, the scheme is volunteer-led with fully-trained drivers who have all had full Criminal Records Bureau checks.
It will serve the town and its surrounding villages.
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Senior volunteer co-ordinator Laura Packwood has appealed for local people to take advantage of the service.
"We are approaching all organisations with links to old and vulnerable people who have trouble using public transport," she said.
"Drivers use their own vehicles to transport people wherever they want to go. They receive expenses of 45p per mile.
"And to cover volunteer expenses and a small admin cost we charge our clients 50p per mile after the first three miles of any journey which costs £4.
"So a 20-mile round trip would cost £12.50.
"The journey can be for medical appointments at a local health centre or hospital ensuring the client can get to their appointments on time.
"Shopping trips or days out to see relatives or to visit attractions like the seaside can also be arranged."
Call the booking line on 01427 617269. The office is manned between 10am and 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a message system in operation outside those hours.