West Norfolk charity’s urgent plea for volunteer drivers

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Vulnerable and isolated people could be left without a vital lifeline service unless new volunteers step forward, a charity has warned.

West Norfolk Community Transport provides a range of services to people with mobility problems across the borough, including a much-used door-to-door service, but a recent increase in demand has left it struggling to cope.

Bosses are concerned the workload is becoming too much for its existing volunteer drivers, and fear some of its users may not get the service they desperately need.

The charity is now appealing for 12 new volunteer drivers to ensure it can meet the current demand.

Group manager Dee Jackson said: “We have seen a really heavy increase in demand for our services, particularly for medical appointments.

“We always try to help but the demands are growing all the time and it is becoming a struggle.

“We have a fantastic team of volunteer drivers, but we need to look after them and at the moment the workload is becoming very high.

“We need around 12 new drivers as soon as possible to help us meet the increased demand and to take the burden off our existing drivers.

“Our services really are a lifeline to many vulnerable and isolated local people, so volunteers would provide a huge boost to their community.”

The charity provides services in Lynn, Swaffham, Downham and Fakenham to vulnerable people including the elderly and disabled, as well as the rurally isolated and community groups which have no access to other forms of transport.

The transport allows people to do things like attend medical appointments, pay bills, go shopping, visit friends and family and to take part in social events.

All new volunteers receive free training and are never left out of pocket.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for WNCT and wants to find out more details can call 01553 776971 or email: enquiries@wnct.co.uk