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16 August 2021

Call for new volunteer drivers and coordinators across the county

New faces are needed to join Cumbria County Council’s voluntary social car schemes, providing transport for people who cannot make journeys by public or private transport.

The Council’s Community Transport service has a team of over 175 volunteers who have made many of journeys helping to get people out and about. There are around 50 voluntary social car schemes operating throughout Cumbria providing journeys for people who need to do the weekly shop, see the doctor, or just to visit friends.

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.

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

  • Kendal
  • Brampton
  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Maryport
  • Silloth
  • Whitehaven / St Bees / Egremont / Cleator Moor
  • Workington

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

  • Wigton / Aspatria / Bothel / Thursby / Burgh-by-Sands
  • Ulverston / Dalton-in-Furness
  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Kendal
  • Workington
  • Maryport
  • Silloth / Bowness-on-Solway
  • Cockermouth
  • Alston
  • Kirkby Stephen
  • Sedbergh
  • Ireby
  • Raughton Head
  • Briathwaite
  • Gosforth
  • Seascale / Drigg / Eskdale / Carlton
  • Brampton

 

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. 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

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.


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New faces are needed to join Cumbria County Council’s voluntary social car schemes, providing transport for people who cannot make journeys by public or private transport.