Hunstanton scheme’s new drive for volunteer motorists

Community transport scheme
Community transport scheme

A popular community transport scheme based in Hunstanton is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers.

Heacham and District Community Car Scheme provides transport for older people and those not able to access buses to attend GP appointments, social activities and journeys to hospital.

Bill Hemmings, chairman of the trustees, said: “All our drivers are volunteers who use their own cars, for which a mileage allowance is paid.

“All journeys are subject to driver availability and the passenger knows in advance what they will be charged.

“Currently we’re providing up to eight trips a week to hospital appointments – our volunteers sometimes drive as far as Addenbrooke’s and Papworth and we are very busy at the moment.

“We really would welcome volunteer drivers to come forward and help.”

The scheme covers a wide area, encompassing several urban locations as well as rural areas.

There is no shortage of demand – in 2016 the scheme’s drivers travelled more than 20,000 miles on 458 journeys, the majority of which were hospital and out-clinic runs.

“We’d like to assure anyone thinking about volunteering that journey requests depend on the individual driver’s availability, so there is no pressure to commit to more time than is convenient, and we welcome drivers of any age as volunteers,” added Mr Hemmings.

The villages covered by the scheme are Snettisham, Fring, Ingoldisthorpe, Ringstead, Dersingham, Sedgeford, Shernborne, Anmer, Holme-next-the-Sea, Sandringham, Old Hunstanton, Hunstanton and Heacham.

If you could help as a volunteer driver in your area, or would just like to find out more about what might be involved, please visit www.ncta.org.uk/volunteer or call 01362 698216.

Alternatively, speak to Mr Hemmings or another member of the team on 01485 534777 for more information about volunteering.