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26 May 2022

Call for new volunteer drivers and coordinators across Cumbria

Ahead of National Volunteer Week (1 - 7 June), Cumbria County Council’s Community Transport Service is seeking new faces to join the council’s voluntary social car schemes. It is also an opportunity to thank the volunteers that provide transport for people who cannot make journeys by public or private transport.

The Community Transport service has a team of 190 volunteer drivers and 34 volunteer coordinators providing more than 50 voluntary social car schemes throughout Cumbria, providing journeys for people who need to do the weekly shop, see the doctor, or just to visit friends.  These volunteers help over 1,600 customers with their transport needs every year, with 5,353 trips provided during 2021-22.

We are always on the look-out for more people able to give up some of their spare time to be volunteer drivers or scheme coordinators.  All expenses are reimbursed. As well as learning new skills and providing a lifeline for people without access to transport, signing up as a volunteer is a good way to meet new people and give something back to the community.

We are also developing a new Community Wheels scheme in Caldbeck and looking for local volunteer minibus drivers.

The council understands that times are difficult at present with the cost of living and fuel, and hope that if you are in a fortunate position to help others, you will find the roles rewarding.  Car sharing can also be beneficial to covering the costs of running your own vehicle and be able to run your own errands whilst helping others.

We are specifically looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinators to organise journeys with volunteer drivers in the following areas:

  • Millom
  • Whitehaven
  • St Bees
  • Egremont
  • Arlecdon
  • Frizington
  • Cleator Moor

New voluntary schemes are being developed in several areas of the county, and we are also seeking Volunteer Co-ordinators in the following locations:

  • Brampton
  • Maryport
  • Allonby
  • Silloth
  • Bowness-on-Solway
  • Workington
  • Longtown

Volunteer drivers are needed across the county in the following areas:

           Allerdale

  • Wigton
  • Thursby
  • Aspatria
  • Keswick

Carlisle

  • Burgh by Sands
  • Thursby
  • Dalston
  • Raughton Head

Eden

  • Armathwaite
  • Ainstable
  • High Hesket
  • Low Hesket
  • Lazonby
  • Kirkoswald
  • Skelton
  • Johnby
  • Greystoke
  • Kirkby Stephen
  • Appleby
  • Brampton
  • Alston

South Lakeland

  • Sedbergh
  • Dent
  • Ulverston
  • Dalton-in-Furness (Barrow drivers are also welcome to cover these schemes)
  • Coniston
  • Ambleside
  • Lowick
  • Blawith
  • Oxen ParkCopeland
  • Drigg
  • Carlton
  • Irton
  • Eskdale
  • Holmrook
  • Gosforth

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transport, said:

“Our volunteers do a fantastic job and play a vital role getting people out and about, we couldn’t provide a service without their valued efforts. This year’s national Volunteer Week is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers we already have giving up their free time to help others in our local communities, and to encourage more people to come forward so that we can continue to provide this valuable service. We’re always looking for more volunteers to support our community transport schemes, so if you have some time to spare we’d love to hear from you.”

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Katy Wood, the council’s Voluntary Transport Officer, 07788396194, or visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/voluntarycarscheme


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Ahead of National Volunteer Week (1 – 7 June), Cumbria County Council’s Community Transport Service is seeking new faces to join the council’s voluntary social car schemes.