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Loddon Medical Centre

7th September 2015


Volunteers needed to help people attend medical appointments

A community transport group is making an urgent appeal for more drivers to help passengers attend medical appointments.

From September 1, BACT will be providing arrangement of transport to the Loddon Medical Practice via its Dial-a-Ride and community car scheme.

The service will be available to people who live in Loddon and the surrounding parishes. The Dial-a-Ride service will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays and the community car scheme will be available on all other weekdays subject to volunteers being available.

The group now needs drivers for both the Dial-a-Ride and the community car scheme, both of which will be available to people without access to other forms of transport.

Beth Adams, Dial-a-Ride coordinator, said: “There are many people within the Loddon area who have no access to other forms of transport, including the elderly, people with restricted mobility and the rurally isolated. This new service will ensure such people are able to attend important medical appointments. However, we now need around 12 new drivers for both the Dial-a-Ride and the community car scheme to join some of the existing volunteers.

“Anyone able to help us - for as little as an hour or two a week -  will be helping some of the most vulnerable people within our community, so they would be helping to provide a vital service.

“The community car scheme sees volunteers using their own vehicles to take people to and from appointments. They all receive a mileage allowance so will never be out of pocket. Anyone who decides to become a volunteer driver will be given full support and training.”

Anyone requiring more information about becoming a volunteer driver for BACT should telephone BACT on 01986 896896 or go to www.bactcommunitytransport.org.uk .

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