Plea for community transport volunteers from Witham

Braintree District Council-run community transport scheme is appealing for would-be volunteers

Braintree District Council is appealing to would-be volunteers in the Witham area to consider helping the elderly in their community to get out and about. 

The Braintree District Council-run community transport scheme provides affordable transport for elderly people, those with restricted mobility and those with a disability who struggle to use public transport. 

There are opportunities for volunteers from Witham and surrounding areas to drive their own cars or to drive community transport minibuses to take residents to day centres and support groups, shopping, to the doctors or hospital or to take groups on day trips and school children to educational activities.  Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed, no additional insurance is required, pensions and benefits are not affected.

Cllr Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities at Braintree District Council, said: “If you are retired or simply have time on your hands we would love to hear from you. We’ve a great team of volunteer drivers who are patient, willing to help and enjoy giving something back into the community and we’re keen to hear from you wherever you live in the district but particularly Witham. If you’d like to find out more please contact our community transport team.”

Cllr Frankie Ricci, Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “Volunteering can enhance your CV if you are young or if you are retired it can help you create new social ties and a sense of wellbeing. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like to suit your own lifestyle.”

To find out more about community transport visit www.braintree.gov.uk/communitytransport, e-mail community.transport@braintree.gov.uk or call 01376 557896 for an informal chat.