Great Massingham transport scheme appeals for more volunteer drivers

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Organisers of a community transport scheme have appealed for new volunteers to help them meet rapidly increasing demand.

The Great Massingham Area Community Car Scheme helps people in 15 villages who are unable to access other forms of travel.

But, with the service now carrying out more than 400 journeys a month, new drivers are urgently needed.

Group chairman Mike Jackson said: “We have never seen such a high demand for the service as we have had this year and we are delighted to be helping so many local people and ensuring they avoid isolation and maintain a good quality of life.

“However, the increased demand does now mean we need additional drivers.

“Many of our drivers have been active since the scheme began eleven years ago, but some retirements are inevitable and new drivers are sought to replace those standing down and to ensure we can continue to meet the growing demand.

“Driving for the scheme is one of the most effective and satisfying ways a person can help others within their community.”

The scheme helps elderly or isolated residents and people with mobility problems to carry out everyday tasks, such as shopping or paying bills or enabling them to visit family and friends.

It covers the villages of Great Massingham, Bircham, Docking, East Rudham, Harpley, Houghton, Little Massingham, Rougham, Syderstone, Tattersett, The Kiptons, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St Peter, West Rudham and Wicken Green.

Journeys are completed using volunteers’ own vehicles, though they are able to claim back their mileage costs.

Anyone interested in getting involved should phone 01485 520823 or email for more information.