Tireless Woodley volunteers commended by mayorBy Sarah Hamilton
March 04, 2013
Tireless volunteers at a long-standing driver service have been commended by Woodley’s mayor.
Councillor Ray Duncan visited Woodley Volunteer Centre at its office in Christchurch Hall, Crockhamwell Road, Woodley.
The busy volunteer driver service started a waiting list in December for the second time in 30 years, as helpers struggled to cope with high demand.
John Cook, centre chairman, said: “We are always looking for new volunteer drivers. We’ve been especially busy in the last few months and we’re on course to be even busier this year.”
The service has around 35 drivers who take people to more than 3,000 medical appointments and trips to day centres and supermarkets every year.
Demand has increased since Wokingham Borough Council pledged to reimburse trips taken by people using bus passes two years ago.
Of the visit Cllr Duncan said: “It was good to find out a bit more about what they do and see how the Woodley Town Council can continue its support. Their service is very important in the Woodley area.”
Mr Cook added: “We are doing an awful lot more than neighbouring services in Earley and Twyford with similar numbers of volunteers.
“If anybody in the Woodley area can help please contact our office on (0118) 969 8849, Monday to Friday, 10am to noon.”