Transport group plea for volunteer drivers

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Vulnerable people are being left isolated because a community transport service does not have enough resources to meet demand.

Hadleigh Community Transport Group is appealing for volunteer drivers to help with its workload to ensure the elderly, disabled and those without vehicles can still get around.

The group, which has been running for more than 12 years and includes a dial-a-ride service, has recently been forced to cancel journeys due to a lack of helpers.

“We provide vital transport services to a wide range of people who rely heavily on our services just to carry out the routine tasks that most of us take for granted,” said manager Joy Morgan.

“Without us, many of these people would be left isolated.

“The trouble is demand for our service is continually growing, to the point where we are struggling to keep up and that is why we are in need of new drivers urgently.”

Volunteer drivers would be used to take passengers to day centres, medical appointments, shopping and visits to friends and family. They would also be involved with the service’s community car scheme, which is used for short trips.

“Even if people can just spare a couple of hours a week it would be an enormous help,” said Mrs Moran.

“Full training will be provided and any costs are always reimbursed so there is absolutely no cost to the volunteer.”

The group provides transport to villages including Lavenham and Boxford.

For more information or to volunteer, call 01473 826242 or email bus@hadleigh.org.