Community group in call for volunteers

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A community group has made a plea for more drivers to allow it to provide greater access to transport for those in need.

Hadleigh Community Transport Group needs volunteers to drive its community car, which can carry up to five passengers or a wheelchair user and three passengers.

The service is available to help people living in the Hadleigh area – including the elderly, those with impaired mobility and people in rural locations – to carry out important tasks such as attend medical centres, go shopping, pay bills and to visit family or friends.

Joy Moran, the group’s manager, said the service was a vital to many people.

“We want to remind people that the community car is available,” she said.

“The service is already well used but we have the capacity to help even more people to avoid isolation and to get out and about to carry out tasks and improve their social lives.”

The scheme, which is just one of the services provided by the group which has been operating for 12 years, is available to people in the surrounding villages, including Lavenham, Boxford and Monks Eleigh.

Mrs Moran said new drivers would help the organisation reach more people.

“We are sure there are many more people who could benefit from this service but do not realise it is available to them,” she said.

“However, to ensure we can meet future demand for the service we need to recruit more volunteer drivers.

“Anyone who can spare some time would be making a big difference to the lives of many local people who may struggle to live life to the full without access to the community car.”

All volunteers would be given full training before taking up a role.

The transport group also runs a door-to-door mini-bus service, with complete wheelchair access, as well as an evening and Sunday bus service from Hadleigh to Ipswich.

Anyone wishing to book a journey with the community car or those interested in becoming a volunteer driver should call 01473 826242.