A popular and long-running community car scheme is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers.

Dereham Community Car Scheme provides a valuable service to vulnerable people in Dereham and Toftwood who need to attend medical appointments, but have no access to transport of their own and are unable to use public transport. The initiative – managed by Janet Newell of Dereham Town Council – currently has six drivers, all of whom use their own cars and receive a mileage allowance. But ahead of the colder winter months, there is recognition that capacity must be expanded.

Dereham Town Council officer Gina Snow explained: “Our scheme provides more than 100 journeys a month for people who live in Dereham and Toftwood who aren’t able to get to health appointments. Most journeys are local, but our drivers will travel to hospital appointments as far as Addenbrookes and Papworth, and wait until their passenger has finished their appointment.

“We’d like to assure anyone thinking about volunteering that journey requests depend on the driver’s availability, so there’s no pressure to commit to more time than is convenient.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Gina Snow on 01362 693821 or email generalenquiries@derehamtowncouncil.org

(Source: Dereham Times)

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