Could you drive to help people get about?By Jon Nurse
May 18, 2012
The departing town mayor became a driver for the day as he highlighted a support centre’s need for volunteers.
Woodley Volunteer Centre (WVC) has been running for 30 years, working as a voluntary taxi service taking people to surgeries and hospitals as well as day centres and shopping.
Councillor Coling Lawley found time on Friday, May 4, to give resident Jackie Phillips a lift to the doctor.
Cllr Lawley, who was Woodley town mayor for two years until last week, said: “The demand for this service steadily rises each year and new volunteer drivers continue to be in demand to top up their team of drivers.
“Without new volunteers then a waiting list would need to be introduced.
“I’m sure that there are many residents who would find this a very satisfactory way to volunteer some of their spare time. I know they will meet with users who are very appreciative and satisfied with this service. If you can spare the time to volunteer for a couple of hours, WVC would be pleased to hear from you.”
The service is free for residents with a bus pass, supplementing the ReadiBus and Keep Mobile schemes in offering essential transport to all Woodley’s residents.
WVC chairman John Cook said: “We do have about 30 drivers to call on but there is a great and increasing demand for our services and we are always in need of more volunteers. Our volunteer drivers do receive a mileage allowance.”
Call the centre on (0118) 969 8849 on Monday to Friday from 10am to midday.