Nailsea transport group needs more volunteers

PUBLISHED: 06:34 30 July 2017

Nailsea and District Community Transport, new operations manager Janice Walsh.

Nailsea and District Community Transport, new operations manager Janice Walsh.

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An invaluable transport service which enables elderly and disabled people to access health appointments is looking for more volunteers.

Nailsea and District Community Transport, new operations manager Janice Walsh and fianance officer Dave Rowson.Nailsea and District Community Transport, new operations manager Janice Walsh and fianance officer Dave Rowson.

Nailsea and District Community Transport (NDCT) runs a minibus service for people in Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead and surrounding villages.

Volunteer drivers transport people to hospital and GP appointments, shopping trips and social events.

The charity also runs regular day trips to help reduce social isolation.

Janice Walsh has just taken over as operations manager at the charity, which is based in Southfield Road, and is keen to expand the service so more people can benefit.

She said: “I feel extremely lucky to be part of this fantastic organisation.

“The team we have here are really committed to making life a little easier for as many people in our local community as possible.

“We are working hard to spread the word about NDCT as we know there are lots more people out there that could benefit from our door-to-door service, which includes weekly shopping trips and days out around the South West.

“We are looking to double our team of volunteer drivers to accommodate more passengers so we’re on the lookout for safe and reliable drivers with a caring nature who could commit to supporting us for a minimum of half a day every fortnight.

“We provide full training to drive our fleet of minibuses and we’re a friendly bunch so you can be sure of a warm welcome.”

Hugo Stamrood, who has just started volunteering with the charity, said: “When I first came across Nailsea and District Community Transport I felt it was something I could do as I like driving and it seemed the right thing to volunteer for.

“After arranging a taster session on one of the shopping trips, where I was an assistant to the driver, I was hooked and wanted to do my training as soon as possible.

“I am hoping to give something back to the community and meet different passengers who I hope will be happy with the service we provide.”

For more details on the service or to find out more about volunteering, contact Janice on 01275 855552 or email office@ndct.co.uk


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