VOLUNTEER drivers are desperately needed to help provide a transport service for people with limited mobility living in rural locations near Uttoxeter.
Councillor Hermione Montgomery is appealing for Uttoxeter residents to give up some of their time to help the elderly and disabled get out and about in the day and to organised social events in the evenings.
Mobility Link is running a volunteer-based transport service to help residents living in smaller villages near Uttoxeter including Tean and Alton to get to larger towns like Burton to do their shopping and socialise.
The service works by taking people directly to places on the bus route or by taking groups to social events.
There is also an evening service run by volunteers where people can get picked up to be taken to evening events such as plays and performances.
The service is a ‘lifeline’ to those with limited mobility.
Councillor Montgomery said: “The service urgently needs volunteers. It’s fantastic, because it means people with limited mobility can go out and be more independent, and socialise, attend evening events.”
A spokesman for Mobility Link said: “We provide a comprehensive service using accessible vehicles, enabling indivduals who find difficulty using public transport to help stop social exclusion by suppling affordable, accessible transport.
“All our vehicles have a tail lift for people who are unable to use steps or use a wheelchair.
“We also provide transport for groups to enhance community activities.
“After looking at the census figures, we found the need to supply an accessible transport that could pick up passengers from their homes who otherwise could not get onto public transport due to disability or age.
“We now have over 4,000 members that use the service, our fleet has increased from two vehicles to 13. We did over 50,000 passenger journeys last year.
“This service helped families by taking away the worries of getting thier relatives to appointments. “It has helped people to get back into the community by giving them a safe and affordable means to get out of their homes to lunch clubs and other community events, and helped stop the lonelinesst hat a lot of our passengers say they felt.”
More information on the service and how volunteers can help out is online at https://localgiving.com/charity/mobilitylink or alternatively volunteers can call 01283 512705.